Monday, November 30, 2009

Atta Girl!

I received the Atta Girl Award from Diane at Fit to the Finish today! What a fantastic badge to be recognized with… I am honoured that someone thinks I have or will make a difference with what I write on this blog. Thank you, Diane!

I did a lot of running around earlier in the day, but once I got home I was working on Christmas presents for the majority of the evening so I didn’t move off the couch too much once I settled in. I finally realized that it was starting to get late and that I had not worked out yet - just like yesterday, when the whole day kind of escaped me - so I told myself that I needed to get active.

I am tempted here to say that sometimes my inner sloth still wants to take over, but I think that it is more a case of me getting busy again with the approaching holidays and not properly budgeting enough time to get everything done. At least, that is what I am telling myself. I am taking the gentler approach with me tonight!

I have lots of things floating around in my head - none of which are particularly related to this weight loss journey - and I have found it a bit distracting the past few days. The main thing I was able to decipher from the jumble of thoughts, when out with my husband this afternoon, is that I am having trouble getting excited about Christmas. That may not seem like too big of a deal considering we are still technically in November, but I am normally the very first person to start being energized by the approaching season. I love this time of year - absolutely love it! But, I haven’t yet been able to embody the spirit like I have in the past. I just wish I could capture the essence of midwinter for more than the few fleeting moments I have managed here and there over the last couple of weeks.

Anyhow, I don’t mean to ramble on about a non-health related issue, but I guess it is really bothering me. I wonder if there are any Santa lead aerobics videos online? That would certainly get me into the swing of the season while staying focused on the weight loss plan. I always knew multitasking served a grand purpose!

- 9 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 toasted whole wheat English muffin with light peanut butter and light strawberry jam
- 1 Mandarin orange
- 8 pieces of a dynamite sushi roll with soy sauce
- 1 mug of steamed eggnog mixed with steamed soy milk
- 1 banana
- 2 cups Caesar salad with fat free dressing and croutons

- 35 minute walk with jogging intervals


  1. What a great award ... Congratulations!

    I think that because there's no snow on the ground here is contributing to the fact that I'm not feeling particularly festive yet. Should be getting some by the end of the week.

  2. Congrats on your Diane award! I got a different one & what an inspiration Diane is to all of us!!!!

    Glad you got some exercise in. Just keep up the consistency thru the holidays & don't lose sight of your goals & what you have accomplished so far!

    As for the holiday spirit... maybe just too much overload on other stuff... maybe put on some Xmas music to get ya more in the mood. I would not worry! We all have so many things going on!

  3. Maybe your perception of the holiday spirit has arranged a fund raiser to give to those in need -what more Christmas spirit is there than that?

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  5. I wasn't in a holiday mood until I took my 10-year-old daughter out for a little shopping excursion yesterday. We ducked in and out of stores, stopped for hot chocolate and lattes at Starbucks, spent gobs of time in the craft store with her humming Xmas songs. What can I say? My heart grew three times that day...

  6. That was nice of Diane to give you that award. She's such an inspiration!

    I too, love Christmas, but it seems like time is fling by so fast it will be over before you know it!

    I have to start getting my decorations out, I think that will put me more in the Christmas spirit!

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. As far as exercise goes, I figure all the things I have to do will still be there whether or not I exercise, so I may as well do it! I've also found that when I am busier I will not do a traditional work out, but I'll try to move more, or run up my stairs a few times, or jump on my elliptical for 15 minutes, etc... It all adds up

  7. Good morning my friend! I guess you're on a roll with the awards. There's another waiting for you over at my blog! xoxox

  8. Yay. Well done on the award.

    You need to listen to a cd of Christmas music to get you in the swing. I wrapped some presents yesterday and put the christmas tree lights on. Festiveness was central!

  9. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE UPDATE: I had a busy and stressful week last week so I am way of balance with the exercise but ok with the food.
    Here's to a better week this week (raises glass of ice water). xo

  10. I have some years where I am really excited about Christmas and some not as much. I don't know why that happens to me. Maybe some melachony sets in!

    Great job on the exercise. I really should be getting excited about Christmas because my hubby is on day 3 of decorating. Help me!!

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  12. One year I was so down that the thought of Christmas made me nauseous. I normally loooove christmas and drove people crazy with it. My oldest daughter told me that what I really needed to do was get some christmas music and drive around looking at Christmas lights.
    I did, and it never fails.
    Try we three kings and a neighborhood filled with lights, drive slow and think nice thoughts. It works.

  13. I find that the times when I couldn't seem to find my holiday spirit were times when I was mentally exhausted by other things going on in my life. But I bet that all the sparkling lights will rub off on you eventually. Or you could just roll around in glitter...but perhaps I didn't mean that literally. :-)

  14. Congratulations on the award. You totally deserve it. Don't worry about not being in the Christmas spirit. It will come. You got lots of time. We had a centimetre or so of snow last night and that might be the start of it for me.

  15. Wow! What an amazing amount of suggestions! Just reading all you have written gives me a glimmer of that festive feeling because I know that I am so lucky to have all of you watching out for me!

    Lori, you asked me to remove your comments and I will do so. But, for the record, you certainly didn't owe me an apology since I had zero issue with what you wrote and I didn't take offence at all! I love that you created the award and I think it is fantastic that you want to share it so willingly. I already have a link to your page on this post, but if you would like me to do anything more, please let me know... I am happy to do so!

  16. And thank you, Amazon Runner, for my new award! I will post about it later on.

  17. Congrats on this WELL DESERVED award, however I disagree with one thing. Not only will you make a difference, You HAVE ALREADY begun to make a difference my dear!! Congrats again and keep it up! :)