Checking In

As the wise Foodie McBody has pointed out, "It's either a losing week or a learning week." I'm guessing I'm in the middle of a learning week. My plans to exercise came to naught. Cold wet weather + many beloved but project-intensive houseguests. Just today we went clothes shopping, bought fabric, sewed pants, made soap, and decorated a gingerbread house. I also dropped and picked daughter up at basketball practice, dropped and picked husband/son up at Ninja Assassin ("Enough blood for a water park"), drove to two malls and a fabric store, and provided food for eight people followed by the cleanup. Twice. And I'm tired. I'm also a little scared about how I'm going to manage the coming winter. My schedule is getting horribly full. I hope the Blackberry can save me. Pant pant.

Ok. Breathe. My dear and well-loved friends are leaving tomorrow and I can send all the off-the-menu stuff with them. Before the holiday I was doing well with planning my meals and staying under 1600 calories (radical stuff for me). I am a little sad with myself for not staying more with the plan the last couple of days, at least in terms of exercise. I have trouble setting boundaries under these circumstances. If I were sure myself-- making plans to exercise, for example-- my friends would support me. But because I want them to feel celebrated and have a nice time, I don't feel okay about absenting myself for a couple of hours to do that.

It's all okay. Back in the saddle. I enjoyed my holiday foods very much, but I don't feel very good on them, so there's some feeling of relief about getting back to my prior routine.

One nice plus was seeing the pictures. There were my dear and beautiful family/friends and there was me, and I looked fine. Not gorgeous, but normal, the way I have pictured myself mentally for years-- isn't that funny? In my mind I've been twenty pounds lighter all along Going shopping things fit and looked right and came from the middle of the rack. I didn't undertake this for those benefits, but gosh they're nice.


  1. That's great that you got to spend time with good friends and even shop from the middle of the rack. :)

    I didn't get hardly any exercise in this week either, and for the same reasons you mentioned. I think it's okay.

    We know we'll get back on track as soon as the visitors leave. I hope you do find some time to rest and relax before Monday rolls around again.

    Have a good one!

    Have a nice weekend!

  2. I'm so glad you had such a good visit with your friends! It's weird that these little breaks from our routine have us longing for the very "normal" way of living we moan and groan about the rest of the time. Or maybe that's just me. :)

    Keep breathing!

  3. Glad you had a good visit.
    Your list made me tired.

  4. Hi, new to your blog. When you have guests, could your plans include something physical that you could all do together? You could walk in a park that you like, ice skate, bike...depending on the weather.

    It does however, sound like you kept yourself busy with all the projects. You were not sedative so that is a definite bonus. If ever there is a time when exercise can be put aside for a few days, it is when you are entertaining friends and family. It sounds like you provided your guests with a really fun visit.

  5. Woo! Thanks for the shout-out. I had a learning week, too. :-)

    And I know exactly what you mean about having it be great to get back to routine. I looooved having my lovely family here for Thanksgiving but I'm relieved to get back to un-holiday ways.


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