Friday, December 26, 2008

What I've Been Doing

What are YOU doing today? Eating Christmas cookies? Lying around waiting for the magical, new and shiny January First so you can "start over" taking care of yourself? Let's see... counting today, there are six days until the new year. Days are like money. You have a limited amount, and once it's spent, it's spent... even if you wasted it on junk you don't want or need. Are you going to spend your six days wisely? Think about it... on January first you will have six fewer days left in your life. Why not use those days to do something beautiful for yourself?

Today I weighed in: 227 pounds. Funny, isn't it, that I started December 1st at that very weight. Actually I am pretty pleased with this number, because it is the "peak" number for this month (meaning it's all downhill from here) which, in turn, means I *did not gain weight* in December! I am thrilled with this accomplishment, especially with the holidays, the baking and indulging, and the major stresses I have faced this month. I am just really so glad I did not gain weight.

I am going to use my last six days of 2008 to take off some of the pounds I gained this week (five, to be exact). I had gotten down to 222. I am quite sure that if I bike and count calories (which I did not do last week) I will drop a couple of pounds before the new year. That would make me VERY happy.

There's a great post over at MizFit's today about Damage Limitation. Go check it out! And then put down the cookies (down, as in, down the garbage disposal, not down your gullet) and eat a vegetable today.

I've also been working on the resolution I mentioned in my last post. I spend ten minutes here and there, cleaning off my desk (which is a wreck) so I have work space, getting photos and supplies together, deciding what order I am going to do things in. I'm getting a head start on my projects so that next year at this time I will have good progress to report.

Spend your six days wisely! You'll never get them back!


Shelley said...

I love this! I will not wait until the new year; I will jump back on that horse, er, bike, now!

And you have done fantastic, Lyn, all things considered - congrats on making it through!

Kimberly said...

Amen sister! There is no time like the present to take care of yourself. I don't want another 6 days of indulgence to cause me to have to work all the harder come January. I am right back on track after taking the 2 days of Christmas off.

And maintaining your starting weight for the month is fantastic, especially considering what month it is. That is a huge win in and of itself. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Ron said...

Planning on spending my six days trying to undo one days worth of damage. but definately know that I want the scales to show a downward trend from here on out to get to my goal

Nancy said...

Good for you for not gaining weight in December. That's an accomplishment!

I have another Christmas dinner to go to and tomorrow's my WI day at WW. I GOTTA be good. :)

Katschi said...

Really, with everything going on at your end it's exceptional that you've managed to maintain!
I'm back in my gym shoes today...treadmilling & eating well...LOTS of veggies,fruit,lean protein & green tea. And Water!
There's a saying that goes...It's a holiDAY not a holiWEEK.
I'd rather enter the new year with less to lose not more.
Glad to see you began on your project!
Have a fantastic 6 days, Lyn!!!

SeaShore said...

I'm working on the Damage Limitation over the next 6+ days, too!

Laurens_Closet said...


What a positive attitude, too! You have been through a LOT this month and the fact that you've held your weight steady~ that's a huge accomplishment.

Six days left in December. Can you believe it?? 2009, here we come!


Natalie said...

i just found your blog and i am so glad that i did!!! so true. it is way too easy to gain weight and way to hard to take it off. every. single. day. counts!

i started at 255 and "carried it well" ha. and i have lost 72! stop by if you get a chance!

Karen said...

The husband and I tossed out the cookies, brownies and box of chocolates we had for Christmas last night. We had been enjoying it to much and felt we needed no more, so we bagged and tossed in the trash outside. It was a good thing then, and tonight I'm battling a bad craving for all the sugar and how the choclate makes me feel so good. It's a hard battle, trying to be on the winning side again.

Hanlie said...

Like sand through the hourglass... so are the days of our lives. I also want to make these six days count. I've "lost" so much time in the past, and I won't let that happen again.

You're doing so great!

Meg said...

Congrats on the no-gain holdiay season! That is no small feat. And thanks again for a very inspiring post!!
Meg said...

I think ditching the "start fresh" mentality (whether on Jan 1, the next Monday, or whatever magic day I used to pick) has been a fundamental positive change for me. All I have is today :-)

Christie said...

Congrats on maintaining during December. Your blog is a breath of fresh air -- real and honest. Thanks for your positivity today.

Merry Mary said...

The magical, shiny January 1st will solve all my problems! Hehe. Not exactly. These next few days are a vacation for me so I will be definitely working on damage limitation. I can't cause more problems for myself now by gaining more weight to lose after the 1st. There is no time like now to be good to yourself and be healthy. You are totally right - great post!

tidbitor said...

you go girl! i've been lurking for several months since a friend recommended your blog (and he's a professional writer!). keep on keeping on.