Iced In = Blog Time

Greetings, friends!  Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  (I warned you it might be sporadic during the holiday season!)  But today is our second day of being “iced” in our house, so I’ve got a little extra time on my hands to bring you up to speed on my progress…or lack thereof.

Thanksgiving got the best of me…I gained two pounds in the last two weeks!  Oops.  I had three Thanksgiving meals: one at work, one at church, and then of course, Thanksgiving Day.  Also, we traveled to San Antonio for Thanksgiving to spend the weekend with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law.  Between Thanksgiving leftovers and having an Einstein Bagel Bros. right around the corner (my favorite!), I left myself splurge the whole time I was there.  I’ve already lost one of those two pounds, so I hope to be back on track soon.

You know how everyone makes the big New Years Resolution to lose weight?  (I have done this several times to no avail.)  I’m resolving right now to be on good behavior for the month of December.  It’s such a fun time of year, but oh, the temptations that come with it!  My husband and I have several Christmas parties that we’ll be attending, and I know there will be tempting treats and sweets at each one.  Today, I recommit my efforts to working out more and exhibiting more self-control at social events.

I have found that the best way for me to stick to my goals is to revisit The Dream.  Thinking about my wedding dress in its box – which I will open sometime after the first of the year – reminds me how badly I want to wear it again.  Looking online at Caribbean resorts I’d like to visit helps me visualize myself and my husband on the beach for our 15th wedding anniversary.

My goal is to lose 40 pounds, and I was hoping to be at the halfway point by the end of the year.  I’ve lost about 15 pounds so far…and I can live with that.  I don’t think I can lose 5 more pounds in the next three weeks with Christmas gatherings upon us.  (Okay, maybe I can, but I don’t plan to!)  So I’ll settle for not gaining anything this month.  And if my resolution sticks, maybe even lose a pound or two.  But I’m not holding my breath… ;)

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the ice storm we survived.  I am so grateful our electricity is still intact.  I hope everyone stays safe and warm this winter.  Love and peace to you!

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Chocolate, Chocolate Everywhere!

Chocolate.  Mmmm.  One of my favorite sweets.  It seems chocolate has been popping up in my life quite a bit here lately….

First there was Halloween.  We took our boys trick-or-treating in the same neighborhood we visit every year.  And each year we seem to get a pretty balanced mix of candy – 1/3 fruity chewies, such as Starburst and Skittles; 1/3 hard candies, such as lollipops and jaw-breakers; and 1/3 chocolate goodies, such as Snickers and Milky Way.  This year we somehow ended up with about 90% chocolate goodies!  I let myself nibble on quite a bit of it, but there’s still tons of chocolate goodness left in the boys’ buckets.  I plan on taking it to work and putting it in our candy bowl for students so I won’t have it in the house anymore.

Next there was the onset of cool, crisp fall weather.  Each fall when cooler temps arrive, it stirs up a craving for three things: 1) flannel pajamas, 2) snuggly blankets, and 3) hot chocolate.  I discovered that Swiss Miss makes “diet” hot chocolate that tastes really good.  Only 25 calories and 2g of sugar, so it’s not a costly treat.  (My only complaint is that it doesn’t dissolve quite as nicely as regular hot chocolate.)  I’ve been making a cup nearly every morning at work.  Random Fact: Hot chocolate is the ONLY form of chocolate that my husband likes.  Go figure.

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Finally, the women’s ministry group at my church sponsored a fabulous retreat called Café Chocolat.  That’s right – a whole retreat and Bible study based on chocolate!  We spent the night at Camp Paron where we participated in Bible study, sang worship songs, sewed a cozy fleece wrap, and ate TONS of chocolate.  I never dreamed it was possible to have too much chocolate, but I think I got very close!  The bible study was a comparison of chocolate to God’s extravagant love and extravagant grace.  It was definitely a “sweet” time of fellowship!

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As much as I love chocolate, I think I’ve about reached my quota for November…and we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet!  Guess I’ll just have to focus on pumpkin cheesecake and sweet potato casserole instead.  I’m very much looking forward to Turkey Day, knowing that I will be saving all my splurge calories that week for the biggest meal of the year.  Here’s to turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce!  Bring. It. On.