Weight and Resistance Training - LWL #234 December 19th-25th

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12-19-2005, 10:33 AM
Sorry Mel I beat you too it! :D I'm just all revved up for a new week!

I've been out for a lovely run at lunchtime, it was harder than usual but I pushed myself and consoled myself with slacking off a bit at the end! I will get better by the end of the week, so I'm not too concerned that I cheated! :lol: I feel so good now! Yay! :hyper:

I'm going to do some UBW tonight, in accordance with the NEW PLAN! I've got my big bouncy swiss ball now so I'm going to have some AB fun with that! Any suggestions are welcome!

I managed a WHOLE WEEKEND of clean eating! That's a first! Big old early xmas :present: to myself! :D

I'm feeling so positive about this week - I'm looking forward to the Christmas lunch tomorrow, I'm going to enjoy myself and my food, but be good! Life's not about stuffing your face, it's about enjoyment. I never feel like I've enjoyed myself if I feel like :barf: afterwards! :rofl:

Ok ladies - Here's to a positive week :xcheer: and let's give ourselves the gift of health, wealth (in the glamour fund!) and happiness this year! :elf:

12-19-2005, 11:36 AM

2F - I cannot beat the optimism that is leaping off your post.
Things are dragging along here. Sad thoughts about XH, triggered by a discussion with a friend over the weekend and my DD crying because daddy is gone. And again fuss at work. Since it relates to my future job, I have to pay iattention to it although it is making me upset. I send of some emails, put in a phone call, and now things will have to take care of themselves.

I'll try to put in a meditation CD for today. i certainly can use it. Also I started lifting a tiny bit agian. Actually this is because my right arm has RSI and this is worsening. I hope light lifting will give it some better condition.

Have a great day all,

12-19-2005, 12:44 PM
:hug: You're allowed to be sad sometimes, it's ok!

I'm glad you're getting back to a bit of lifting, it will make you feel mentally stronger too. :D

12-19-2005, 03:53 PM
Morning gals! At last we're having nicer weather here - just around freezing (32F, 0C) and NO precipitation! In fact, the weatherman is promising we'll see the sun today. Of course sunrise isn't until after 10 am. We get 5 hrs 19 min of daylight today, but after Thursday we start gaining light again!!

DH is still gone so I'm finding it way to easy to slip into a lazier lifestyle. :lol: No one asking for something to eat, or a hand to hold something in place, etc. Unfortunately, no one to clean the litterbox :( or give the cat medication either.

Off to the gym tonight after work, as the only exercise I got this weekend was walking from the far end of various parking lots. :rofl: I swear the whole town was at one store or another.

12-19-2005, 10:54 PM
Hi LWL, I need help :( !! I can't stay focused! I've been working full time for the last 4 weeks and it's extremely difficult to stay focused ... I can't seem to stay on plan, eventhough I do plan but I fall off it so quickly :faint:... Anyways, I'Ve done better today but I haven't exercised !! Tomorrow I'm running but I'm not sure if I can make it to the gym... DANG!! I need to get my act together...

2F spread some of your enthusiasm on me!!

12-20-2005, 04:53 AM
Ilene - get plenty of sleep. Go to bed early, then get up early and slip the gym in before work - it will energise you for the rest of the day.

Lock up all the Christmas goodies out in the garage/basement/attic so that you can't eat them 'till Christmas! Don't take any change to work so you can't be at the vending machines. Take lots of FRUIT and any time someone passes round a basket of cookies, say, "No thanks, I've got an apple/satsuma/pear/banana etc... I'm set!"

Ilene, you can do this! It's just JUNK food around at this time of year, love your body and give yourself the Christmas present of clean eating and "athleticism"!

That enough enthusiasm for you?

Come to think of it gals, we can ALL do this! It's just a silly commercial time of year where everyone feels obliged to stuff their faces like little pigglings!

Did heavy shoulders etc last night. Feeling GOOD! Then I went and gave myself a 2nd degree burn getting the carrots out of the microwave :carrot: Damn you fruit and veg! Spent the rest of the night in agony so was not happy! :cry: It's wrapped in cilng film (yes really!) and a plaster!

We're going bowling today for the work Christmas do! At least my thumb fits in my bowling ball with all the flippin dressing on! The benefits of having lost some weight since I got it drilled! :lol: Then it's "stuff-your-face" time! Boy am I looking forward to healthy delicious lunch! I really have a positive feeling about this, even though eating out is usually where I fall down. I'm NOT giving in this time! :D

Let's pull together for the last push before Christmas so we can be fit and healthy through the holidays! :goodvibes:

12-20-2005, 09:49 AM
hi LWL,

2F - thanks for the support. Go beat the office at bowling, and energise yourself with the fruits and vegs... We can do it !

Ilene - That's good advice that 2F is giving! I can imagine mousing out on the christmas massive eating thing by going to work, but working the entire month and not finding time for yourself is overdoing it!!! Is everyone ill in the school department? it must be a huge change for you because things were slower in the past few months!

Pat - it's dark here too!!! I am also counting the days untill the days get longer again. Glad to hear that this already starts thursday, only 2 more days to go!

Things are perking up here again. I took another pill to cheer me up, did my lifting which is helping my sore arm. The emails helped me in the work situation, and I managed to slip in 15 minutes of meditation yesterday. I hope to be able to repeat that today, as I have an additional errand: I must present myself & the kids at the town hall at the next village to pick up their new passports. Then we are all set for our US trip coming summer!

I second 2F : only 1 more holiday week to go.
Come on LWL, we can do it !

Have a great day all,

12-20-2005, 09:58 AM
Come on Ilene (a little Midnight Dixie Runners - maybe I should wear overalls and put that in my MP3!) you can do this ... one step at a time. This is a rough season and working full time just adds to it. Remember that this is 80% nutrition, so treat your body like a temple and strive to put whole, healthy fuel in in 90% of the time. Plan and pack your lunch and snacks while you clean up the kitchen the night beofe (my secret weapon). Carefully chose and be picky over the last 10% - a sugar cookie at 3pm means no wine with dinner... you have done this before and can do it again. Treat yourself with a short run or 15 minutes of lifitng. This is not an all-or-nothing time of year. Every little bit counts as being good to yourself. You can do this. Normal is just a little while away...

Things are going well here. I start with my massage therapist/ yoga instructor and one of the owners of my gym as my trainers after 1st of year, until another senior female trainer starts in Feb. They are taking good care of me. I am also looking into race walking and getting off the focus on the numbers (How much do I weigh? What size am I wearing? What is my waist measurement? What is my BF%? How much did I just press? How many reps can I do?) and into the more abstract goals for 2006, being improved health and fitness and being the strongest and best I can be to face what ever is going on in my body. My Internist is a little disappointed that it is taking me so long to be seen by the MS Specialist (Feb) but still taking good care of me. If I could stop the pain in my leg it would be much better, but it is better and more bearable through the day. I am looking forward to next week and goofing of with DH and rest of relatives. Fa la la la la (off to buy still MORE wrapping paper)

12-20-2005, 05:15 PM
Ilene - You've had some great advice already. You can do it. You know you can. Remember, you are only two hours away from another meal. Just take it moment by moment, and victory will be yours! Two thoughts re. exercise. Your body might appreciate a week off and then you'd get back to it with more vim and vigour. Or just get out there and do it!

Song to get you out of the door (you'll have to customise it a bit): Pronto monto by the McGarrigle Sisters. I think the lyrics are something like: Prends ton manteau, tes souliers, tes tapis (that can't be right!) Marche lentement dans le matin endormi. Anyway, you could substitute something really snappy like 'heart-rate monitor' or 'coolmax top' and just get yourself out of the door doing something. For 'marche lentement' I suggest you substitute something a bit more aerobic...

A list of obscure and not-so-obscure motivational music (work in progress)

Pronto monto - Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Come on, Ilene - Dexy's Midnight Runners (brilliant, Ellen! We can just substitute our own name here.)
Roll away the stone - Mott the Hoople
I like to move it - [Crazy Frog?]
Just walk on by - Dionne Warwick

12-21-2005, 12:18 AM
Awww, thank you girls for the encouraging words...:hug:... I decided tonight that I will at least run everyday if I can't seem to make it to the gym... Ellen you're right, it's not an all or nothing time of year... I will get through this...

My GFs always, always sing that "C'mon Ilene" song when we get into the wine... They add on a bit though "C'mon Ilene, you're face makes me scream!!" Ooooh, they are soooo mean these wimin' :lol3:... With friends like that who need enemies!! :lol:

Tonight I ran... It wasn't a super clean day but it was cleaner than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today... One day at a time, some days, one minute at a time...*sigh* what can one do but keep plugging along!

TTFN :yawn:

12-21-2005, 01:56 AM
Gotta love those rhymin' things :) It's how I got my screen name, which you'll note rhymes with my real name! Good for you Ilene - we'll all get through this, so let's do it with a little dignity. :rofl:

12-21-2005, 05:12 AM
:wave: Frus reporting in after a Christmas lunch! I did OK! Had bacon and advocado salad for starters (no dressing), then turkey, 2 roast potatoes (I left one) 1 chipolata sausage, 1/4 sausage meat ball, cranberry sauce, broccoli, carrot & swede mash and no gravy. For dessert I had some creamy lemon thing with thin wafer biscuits and ONLY ATE HALF! :angel: Then at 9pm I had a slice of peanut butter on toast and some cherries and one Christmas chocoalte! :D I'm feeling virtuous and in fitday it all totals to 1800kcals! Hooray! :dance:

Went down to Oxford St to get my turkey and my Christmas present from DF, it was a bit bonkers, but nice to be out with all the Christmas lights and things and it actually BE Christmas! :lol: I got a book about weight training by Anita Bean and a book about women's running and a book about women who box! I'm all set with my sports specific books!

I'm taking today off running - my knee's slightly buggered up! It was aching a little bit on Monday, then I squatted down to look at the books last night and something twanged! :sad: I'm going to get properly fitted for decent running shoes on Saturday - a Christmas present to myself.

We're off to see King Kong tonight, so I shall try and squeeze in some weights before I go out!

Have a lovely day everyone - :coach: STAY AWAY FROM THE OFFICE TREATS!

12-21-2005, 05:44 AM
Ilene - running every day sounds like a good decision.

2f - good work on the Xmas dinner. I've got that book by Anita Bean (Strength Training for Women or something like that). I think it's good. She was some kind of free weights champ, wasn't she? And she's the nutrition editor for Runner's World (UK edition, not sure about anywhere else). I've got time for her. Look after your poorly knee.

Everyone else: look after yourselves. If you're celebrating Christmas or Hannukah, remember what Ellen said: 'Normal is just a little while away'!

Off to the gymn (back, biceps, rowing intervals) and then up into the mountains to look for a new fleece jacket. Work has now taken a back seat.

12-21-2005, 08:09 AM
hi LWL,

Ilene - you can do it! Your next meal is only 2 hours away. Running everyday, even if it is 15 minutes, adds up to 105 minutes a week which is MORE than the 3 times 30 minutes that doctors advise as the minimum to healthy living!!

Hi to all the other LWL. We can form a chorus with Silverbirch song selection! Sing together, " We are the champions" and we are going to make it!

I'm taking it easy today because of some work stress. Did my yoga meditation CD and things in my back & shoulders really creaked. i will throw in a bit of lifting today, trying to get my right arm away from the RSI consition that seems to be settling in.

2F - good for you on the office party1

Keep up the good work LWL!!

have a great day all,

12-21-2005, 09:04 AM
Sing together, " We are the champions" and we are going to make it!

Great idea, rabbit!! I've just been watching England play Pakistan (for those who don't know immediately, it's cricket) on the telly at the gymn and have been thinking about fitness, injury and team support. We've certainly got team support here and, speaking for myself, that makes all the difference.

Must go. Have to hunt down some more lean protein. You know how it is.

12-21-2005, 12:57 PM

A fuming rabbit here, smoke coming out of my ears after another row with XH. XH walked in here to get the kids for dinner, announcing that he is renting a house in the next village from march 2006. This is actually good because it will spare me seeing NL and XH in the supermarket and such. Also, this village is inconvenient for the kids to visit after school, which suits me fine.

But XH wanted to take 2 caping matresses with him, trivial of course, and he selected the 2 thickest ( he ALWAYS had the thickest ons) and if that is not enough, starts complaining if these are the right ones because he remembers them even thicker. After the 5th time I screamed at him to take his damned matress and get the **** out. I know he is taking this camping gear that I have bough with love and affection to take his NL out, and prolonging this has no merit at all.

The kids reacted to his renting a house per march, and my comment that it would be good to have his stuff out of the house, with offering stuff from their rooms for the living room. I told them we will manage, we will just buy new stuff after we have split the furniture. Also I have told XH for clarity sake that NL is not allowed in my house, also not to look at furniture.

Time for me to have a good cry, do my breathing excercises, ans count my blessings:
1. I have the children
2. I will stay in the house
3. XH and NL will after all not be in the same village or the village that the kids go to school
4. I have more opportunities for growth with XH gone
5. With XH, also his stupid rules and criticism moved out
I CAN do this. Even with this stupid jerk, I CAN do this. I can, I can, I can.

sorry for the rant,

12-21-2005, 01:21 PM
Hi all,

Ilene my queen, I like your running idea. I'm sorry that you have been in a slump, but I am sure that you will get out of it. Sure as I'm sure that tomorrow will come, Spring will follow Winter and boys will be boys! Its just the silly season with the silly food and so much to do with so little time.

I've been MIA for a while and will be back MIA soon, but I wanted to report in that I got a NEW JOB!!!!! I've been so stressed with my company closing and laying me off. I've interviewed like crazy trying to find a job that pays what I'm currently making and actually backed away from a position because it wouldn't pay and didn't have a lot of growth. However, my job here ends 12/31/05 and my new one starts 01/03/06! Talk about perfect timing! I'm elated.

I'm in between a 10 and a 12 and the new job requires a different dress code so I have to shop. AND I refuse to buy any 12s. The ones that I do have are packed in the basement and I'm not pulling them out either. I have two weeks to get it together so I'm on it doggonit!!!



12-21-2005, 01:38 PM
Tiki, WOW!!!! This sounds great! CONGRATULATIONS with the new job!! I'm so happy for you!.
Don't be MIA for too long, and if you will be for more than 5 days... Merry Christmas to you & your kids!


12-21-2005, 03:40 PM
Wow, Tiki! Good for you. You certainly now have the motivation to ignore all the holiday goodies. :)

Rabbit, you have already come so far. You are a great strong woman! Keep up the good work. I have a sister going through some issues with her husband, and I pass on some of your tips - focusing on the good things, meditation, etc. They are not separating - yet - and their kids are grown, but it's still very stressful for her. We were just emailing making plans for March when I will be in Boston (close to where she lives) for a conference.

Silver, keeping up the good work I see! Now, how do you find a jacket in the mountains? :lol:

2F - good work on the Christmas lunch. I had a birthday luncheon to go to yesterday, and originally ordered pasta :eek: but before the waitress left the table, pushed that evil :devil: out of my brain, and changed the order to broiled salmon!

:wave: to the rest of you. Stay strong in this season of eating, and for those of you who like me are in the north, remember this is solstice and we get more daylight starting tomorrow!!

12-21-2005, 04:39 PM
Tiki- Congratualtions! I'm so happy for you.
2F- good job and keep up the enthusiam :)
Rabbit- hang in there. This too shall pass.

Hanging in there by my fingernails,

12-21-2005, 11:50 PM
Tiki :hug: YAY for your new job :dance:...

4rabbit -- A new year is coming along with new goals and expectations and NO XH to be in the way :hug:...

Running everyday, even if it is 15 minutes, adds up to 105 minutes a week which is MORE than the 3 times 30 minutes that doctors advise as the minimum to healthy living!!So TRUE!! So tonight I ran 6.35k and it felt good :dance:

Today food was clean as clean can be except for 2 glasses of wine while watching TV...

Time for bed, need all the beauty sleep I can get lately...:yawn:

12-22-2005, 04:57 AM
:wave: Glad everyone's doing ok! Mel - hang on in there!

Just sneaked a peak on the scales and the Christmas dinner did absolutely no harm whatsoever! :D I've stopped running at the moment 'cos I don't want to make my dodgy knee worse. There's no kickboxing for 3 weeks, so I'd better do SOMETHING! Didn't manage to get weights in last night before we went to see King Kong. It's very good BTW :D

Will do some weights tonight and I plan on getting some fitted running shoes as soon as my knee's sorted itself out. Otherwise I'm just going to chill out for a little bit - R&R is the best thing I think, just for a little while!

Eating reasonably clean apart from the chocolates they gave us at work! They still fit into my eating plan yesterday though!

Plan for today - eat well with a chocolate or two ;) and the weights I missed last night. Also tidy house and a nice early night! :D

:goodvibes: Keep up the good work everyone - we can get through this.

BTW another song silverbirch (if you hate cardio or something) I gotta get through this (not sure who by!) it's a 90's-ish dance mix type song. Good though!

12-22-2005, 08:54 AM
hi LWL,

Mel - A big HURRAY for your fingernails, if they are doinbg the job! Only a bit over 1 week to keep on hanging on!. Probabely hanging in here with your fingernails is some sort of body weight excercise right??

Pat - thanks for the support and best wishes for your sister. This situation is no fun, but I think it's a kind of solstice as well.. like Ilene says, things will definitely be better in 2006!

Ilene- Good to see you back on track!

2F, Silverbirch - keep up the good work!

As I am typing this I am finished with work for the week, and slowly realising that I've made it to the christmas holiday ! Hurray!!

have a great day all,

12-22-2005, 10:46 AM
:cp: Hooray for the Christmas holidays! And well done rabbit! :D

12-22-2005, 07:02 PM
:cp: Hooray for the Christmas holidays! And well done rabbit! :D

From me, too. I am so proud of you rabbit, you have shown amazing strength and goodness of character through all this. *hugs*

Tiki - I MISSED YOU!! Great news on the job and incentive to keep it "honest" this holiday season.

Mel - one more day. I know you can do it.

I slept in until after 9 this morning (still adjusting to new meds) and by noon I had pretty much brushed my teeth and worked out (45 min on elliptical). I thought the rest of the day would be 'as' productive, but totally surprised myself with a huge burst of energy that has been missing for so long - cleaned out the spare bedroom, set up new office space, cleaned off book shelves (they COULD have been a librarian's, Pat - so many books, and so many of them good. I am rich with books!!!), visited with a good friend, boxed books for "Friends of Library" drive (will drop off after New Year) and then, with DH at gym, took everything out of fridge and scrubbed it down. Wow, I need to sleep in more often ;)

Hope everyone gets through the next 2 days and has a great Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Festivius - make what ever day you honor and celebrate happy and pull those close to you closer ... Peace, Joy and Love

12-22-2005, 07:20 PM
:lol: Ellen! Being a librarian with not only access to books, but the responsibility of buying them, saves my financial bacon. I would buy way too many books otherwise. As it is, I spend plenty on downloadable audiobooks! But DH has promised me a new car cd/cassette player so I can once again access that form of audiobooks - of which the library has plenty! Right now I'm using an FM transmitter and my MP3 player, which works fine except I have to remember to disconnect and take the player with me both to keep it warm (it's in the 20's here) so the battery doesn't run down faster, and also to keep it from being stolen. Glad to hear of your energy burst - I need to find that myself. :) DH comes home late tonight - actually very early tomorrow morning - and I need to do a bunch of stuff around the house before then. I've slipped into a single lifestyle way too easily - oops.

12-23-2005, 05:02 AM
:wave: Hello everyone! :D

Just 2 more sleeps till Christmas! :dance: I'm looking forward to my festive food! :D

Had an ok day yesterday, eating was halfy halfy clean and dirty! :lol: I made biscuits (melting moments but without the cherries) to bring to work, I ate one and about 1 in mixture form then decided they were too rubbish to bring to work so DF is going to eat them. Then he said they were boring! :mad: I did my weights but only a little improvement since I was actually really tired from a couple of late nights.

My knee still feels a little bit odd so no running at the moment. I'm back on the glucosamine and I'm buying new running shoes today.

Finish work at lunchtime today so WOOOOHOOOOO! And that'll mean I have time to pay in cheques and buy trainers and more food! :lol:

Goals for today - clean eats and a little running perhaps (while being fitted for my shoes!!)

Have a lovely day everyone, we can do this :D

12-24-2005, 10:25 AM
. . . or these holidays, I know (from historical reference) I surely would have spiraled into a depression from sugar shock and lack of exercise. I've been making small choices, daily (sometimes just moment to moment) that support a lifestyle change. I may not always be able to see the big picture, and the results may not be readily evident, but I already know my old habits don't produce the results I desire, making me willing to invest in a different approach.

I'm really "listening" to all you wonderful folks here on the LWL threads. You are all very "real" to me and demonstrate keeping to the program no matter what life brings your way. This is all very inspiring and powerful for me. You express feelings I can identify with, yet you keep on moving, lifting, eating clean - most of all, there is a high accountability factor throughout these posts; you don't offer your bodies hostage to emotional conflicts.

Through these messages, I am beginning to realize a few key points that are critical to focus upon:

1) It doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition (If I relapse into "slug mode," just get back into the groove asap - don't have to abandon the overall goals if a slip occurs.
2) It's desirable to feel good. No one here is lifting to punish themselves; the goal is to support wellbeing. You all remind me of this when I come here and read some posts, particularly on those days when I've got an armload of excuses NOT to work out.
3) Feeling sorry for myself doesn't make me (or anyone else) feel better, neither does living in the past, wishing I took better care of myself. Moving the body appears to diminish these feelings (or maybe it's just a benefit to my menopausal poor memory!:o
4) If someone's behavior upsets me, my overeating and retreating to the couch and medicating with comfort food, doesn't make them stop from being annoying/intrusive. Yet, when I stick to my routine, stay focused and keep moving, other people's "stuff" seems to have less of a hold on me. I feel sort of empowered.
5) I've made a decision: I can choose to be miserable. No outside force is doing this to me - I can (pardon the pun) "exercise" free will. It has always been my choice. Today, I'd prefer being "fit and fierce" rather than "out of shape and depressed." :p
6) No one can or will do this for me. I'm steward of my own body. No person is force feeding me or straitjacketing me to the couch with a sentence of non-stop TV viewing every night. Sometimes the least painful approach isn't necessarily comfortable, it's just more familiar. In the past, when I've blamed someone else, some outside circumstance for my misery, it only kept me unaccountable and unable to feel better sooner.

Tiki - Congrats on the brand new job - great way to begin the New Year (your excitement delightfully comes through, even in cyberspace:carrot: )

Rabbit - Thank you! You inspire me :cheer: You show me how one can keep reaching for the next best thing, despite the "undercurrents." I've been where you describe, it was crappy, it is the past, and today is much, much better.

Ilene - Your post about being in a slump from getting out of sync from your routine, hit me right where I've been living. Difference is, I would have remained in the downward spiral, procrastinating each day until months went by before I made any effort. You show me how beneficial it is (and crucial) to ask for help. Sometimes all we need is some validation that we can jump back in, that all is not lost. I was thrilled to read in subsequent posts that you got back into the groove, making some adjustments to the routine as needed. This TOTALLY took away my excuses for the afternoon I read that post:o

2frustrated - Thanks for the reminder that this weekend, the menu is "festive food," meaning I can enjoy the "specialities" without guilt - but must remember this respect and appreciation for the holiday goodies is what make them special. If I continue to consume "holiday" eating long after the festivities, I'll take away the quality of what makes them a "treat." You've helped me see that a fit lifestyle is not about deprivation, but balance.

And these are just a few of the posters that come to mind - Thank you, everyone who shares here, for helping me get through this challenging time of year.

Well, y'all know my fingers aren't fat from all the typing I've done:lol: I'll say "c'ya" for now. Going to get out for a brisk walk before more holiday prep.

Thanks again and have a great weekend everyone!


12-24-2005, 12:52 PM
:wave: Welcome, Jean!:)

I think you might be giving some of more credit than we deserve, but I'm very glad you found us.


12-24-2005, 02:32 PM
Hi all and I hope all of you have a very special Christmas, especially dear Rabbit, you deserve it!!!

I've been ill again this week, hence my absence, so no over indulging for me yet!!! I am having a complete day off clean eating tomorrow, we're going to a restaurant for Christmas dinner, and I am just going to enjoy it and not think about the calories, then bang, the day is over and I am back on track! The gym is shut for two weeks, so I have some heavy walks planned, and a bit of dancing!!! I don't have home gym equipment, but will be doing some of Stumptous's lifting with household objects (watch out DH) to keep myself on track until I can get into the gym again!!!

12-24-2005, 02:51 PM
Ouch Kykaree! Two weeks! I was whining because my gym is closed on Monday! :lol: But, it's open today (til 4) and DH and I are heading that way in just awhile. We were both beat last night - him from flying/driving for 12 hours Thurs night, me from being awake for several hours in the middle of Thurs night (DH gets home at 2:30 am, wakes me up, lets the cat out, goes to sleep. Me, awake for another 2 hours it takes to get the cat in. Sigh. I wouldn't have bothered in warmer weather, but it was in the low teens, and she's old). Anyway, we crashed by 10 last night and so were up early and are getting last minute Christmas stuff ready, along with laundry, etc.

Welcome, Jean. What a nice post. This is a great bunch, and they keep me inspired too! :strong:

Happy Holidays Everyone!

12-24-2005, 03:03 PM

Saturday evening before christmas, and I have been shopping for a car with my sister all day. i had decided on a smaller car, and we went to test drive one this morning with the kids. They felt it was Ok, I found it a bit cramped but also OK, so this afternooon we went to look at anotherone. Stopped by a dealer and looked at a slightly bigger one, and guess what, I think I'm going to take the bigger one. Much more luxurious, much more feel of driving a real ME car. We're going back after christmas to test drive that one. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

The kids are with XH over christmas and as far as I can judge he is really making an efffort to have a good time with them. He even put up a tree and they had a kind of fun cooking that the kids enjoy immensly and that he actually never cared about much. Tomorrow I will be going to my older sister over Christmas. I feel peaceful, again I feel that I'm going to make it, and I'm thankfull for my family, sisters, cousins, all of them phoning in and contacting me to make sure I'm doing OK. Also, I'm thankfull for your support at LWL.

Have a great christmas all!


12-24-2005, 07:40 PM
Merry Christmas!

12-24-2005, 08:13 PM
Getting ready for 9PM Christmas mass.... Merry Christmas everyone :grouphug:

12-25-2005, 12:27 PM
Our Christmas day is coming to an end. I ate a healthy breakfast then went for a long walk with DH, had a couple of quiet ones in the pub, then off to our restaurant for lunch. Not too much damage done!!! No mindless grazing this evening, coz we have nothing to graze on.......dry matzos anyone???

Hope everyone has had, is having, will have a blessed, peaceful day!

12-26-2005, 07:57 AM

2nd day of christmas. I have returned from the visit to my sister. In a couple of hours the kids will be back....
I have made it !! I have survived christmas without XH and without my children. I am even having a reasonable good time. i kept pretty busy, now this afternoon to do some household chores, watch a bit of TV.. and it's over!. I think I have dreaded this first christmas without my family after all, seeing that now I'm back home from my sister with the kids ondy a couple of hours away, I feel the tension leaving my body. I definitely should do a meditation CD this afternoon.

I hope you all are having a great time,

12-26-2005, 11:55 AM
:wave: Hello all!

A stuffed but reformed frus checking in! I ate for Britain yesterday and BOY WAS IT GOOD!!!

Then this morning, back on the wagon, 1 slice of toast for breakfast, a GREAT run and half a turkey sandwich for lunch (I'm still digesting yesterday's feast hence the tiny portions!). I'm really going to be kicking my butt this week, since I have nothing else to do. I'm going to put my xmas pressies to good use too, books on weightlifting and running. :D

Hope everyone's having a great time this Christmas.

:hug: and a big well done to you rabbit, I'm glad you're getting through Christmas ok!


12-26-2005, 07:37 PM
Hi 2F :wave: and rabbit :wave:...

I made it to the gym today and did legs :strong: it felt so dang good!! Food is a bit off base but I'm doing the best I can :shrug: what more can I say...