After a long weekend, I'd usually get on here and complain about how quickly the time flew. But you know what? I'm not going to do that today. Yeah, the time went by quickly - but I did everything that I wanted to do this holiday weekend....everything:
1. Cleaning. A full day to be exact. I cleaned my house from top to bottom. Scrubbed, polished, washed, vacuumed...I did it all. And my house is still somewhat clean from all of the hard work.
2. Cooked an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. For the first year in...well, since I started doing Thanksgiving at my house... I didn't get stressed out, I didn't have to spend the whole day in the kitchen, and I didn't have any major snafus with any of the food. I planned and prepared perfectly, and the end result was delicious.
4. Put up the Christmas tree. The minute my family drove out the driveway, I was unpacking the Christmas decorations. Butter, Jelly, and I spent about an hour trimming the tree and getting it looking perfect....and we had a blast doing it. Peanut went home with my parents - in case you was wondering why she wasn't a part of the tree trimming.
5. Spend a whole day in bed. OK, so technically this wasn't on my to-do list...this was an added bonus. I wasn't in bed all day - but for most of the afternoon. Jelly and I...and for a while, Hubby came to join us while Butter went out with the neighbors, laid in bed and watched Christmas movies. It was absolutely amazing.
8. Watch Christmas movies in front of the fireplace with the twinkling of the tree lights. Did this last night. I curled up on the couch, Hubby built a fire in the fire place, and the kiddos and I spent the evening watching Christmas movies. Can you say HEAVEN??
9. Not worry about the scale. Not sure if you noticed or not, but I haven't made much reference to my scale these past five days. I did that on purpose. I'm not going to pretend that I was a good girl - because I was far from it... but I didn't get all frazzled or upset when I stood on the scale. I knew I was probably going to gain a couple of pounds this weekend....hello, did you see my list? There wasn't exactly much physical stuff on it.
10. Enjoy myself. This came with just about everything on this list - yes, even the cleaning. Hubby and the kids both made comments on how calm I stayed through the entire holiday - even before my coffee was made. I laughed, I snuggled, I relaxed. It was an amazing 5 days.
This whole weekend was just perfect. I'd go ahead and list it as one of the best Thanksgivings I've ever had. Simply because it was just so relaxed. I was relaxed. I'm not sure why I feel so at ease, lately, but I do - and it feels fantastic.
Although, if I think about it, the past several Thanksgivings I've had a lot on my plate - metaphorically speaking. I was in school the past four Thanksgivings. I was stressed about homework and lesson plans and project deadlines. This year, I didn't have to think about any of that stuff. I didn't have any work to do - I could just spend the whole time with my family....and doing what I had promised myself I'd do last year when I was neck deep in homework and stress. I have to make up a little for lost time - and I think I did a pretty darn good job of it.
Now I have exactly three weeks left of work before the two week Christmas break. As I watched the scale slowly begin to rise the past few days, I consciously told myself that I need to make the most of the three weeks. I want to be just as relaxed and at ease come Christmas break - and I don't want to be freaking out that none of my clothes fit.
Over the next couple of weeks, I want to at least drop the couple of pounds I gained over Thanksgiving. I think that's a fair goal. I know it's not realistic that I'll go in to full blown weight loss mode, but I can do my part to make sure that scale doesn't go up any more between now and then. It's back to planned meals and watching what I eat for the next couple of weeks. Which means tightening the strings on the flavored coffee creamer and hot chocolate...that I may have drank quite a bit of the past few days.
I can feel the spark of something brewing inside of me - that tells me that next year I'm going to be starting over....majorly. This year has basically been a wash in the weight loss department, but I'm not going to let it bring me down. I'm going to enjoy the rest of the year. I deserve that. Enjoying myself doesn't have to mean eating everything in sight - but I'm not going to be surprised when I see a shift in the numbers on the scale.
OK, time to get ready for work. I'm pretty sure these next three weeks are going to fly by... I hope so. I'm excited about Christmas. I'm excited about getting another chance to do some more wonderful things with my family - while completely relaxed.
Everyone have a wonderful Monday. Don't be sad the holiday is over, be thankful for what you got to do.
Till next time. ;)
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