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December

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I spent mine meeting with friends, proctoring the SAT,  beginning to decorate for Christmas (I’m going to put up a tree this year), and enjoying Sunday Funday (although the 49ers dismal loss to the Raiders yesterday dashed their playoff hopes, so it wasn’t THAT fun, obviously).

After spending a week following the Fit Girl’s Guide 28-Day Challenge, I realized on Friday afternoon that it just wasn’t realistic for me at this time of year.  You guys probably figured that out when you read my post about it, but it took me a little longer.  I enjoyed the food on the meal plan, but as I mentioned in my meal prep post, I like a little more variety than it offered, especially at dinner.  The plan was very well-balanced and included clean, healthy foods, and I have already decided that the sweet potato street tacos are going into my regular repertoire because there were delicious.  I also loved the supportive community I found on Instagram, whose daily posts offered motivation and inspiration.  And I did lose weight – 1.6 pounds after just 4 days on the plan, which was great.

But when I looked at the reality of this season, and of my life in general right now, I realized that the challenge wasn’t something I wanted to continue.  In general, my life is very social, meeting with friends and going out to eat at least once or twice during the week.  The holidays bring even more social occasions, and after giving it a lot of thought, I decided that I didn’t want to give up those opportunities. So I’ve decided I’m taking myself out of the challenge.

Which doesn’t mean I’m giving up on my goal of losing weight this season.  Far from it.  I know how to plan and cook great meals, and make healthy choices even when eating out.  I also know how important it is to me to workout – the calorie burn is a key to losing weight, but beyond that, I love the way my body feels when I’m active daily.  Even those crazy sore muscles two days after a hard workout. Which means that I can lose weight and enjoy the social fun of the season. If you think about it, that’s the ultimate challenge, isn’t it?  I know I can do it.

So here’s the plan for the remainder of December:

  • Go back to my high-protein food plan.  For me that means my daily protein grams should be 10% of my overall caloric intake.  (If I eat 900 calories, I should have 90g of protein). Some of you may balk at “only” eating 900-1000 calories in a day, but remember, I’m a WLS patient, and even when I eat out I can’t consume the same amount of food that someone with a normal stomach can.  So for the rest of my life, I’ll never really eat more than 1200 calories in a day, if I’m eating healthy. (Obviously those calories can go much higher if I’m eating crap). Back to my food plan – Besides the protein, I like to include veggies at each meal.  Carbs like rice or wraps aren’t completely out of the question, but I’m going to limit them to one meal per day.  So if I have a wrap for lunch, I’ll eat a “lean and green” meal at dinner.  If I have rice with dinner, lunch will be a salad or other protein/veggie combo. I bought the ToneItUp Nutrition Program during their Cyber Monday deals, and I’m looking forward to trying some new, healthy recipes from that guide.
  • Cardio + TIU toning 5-6 days a week.  This one will be a bit of a challenge because I tend to be great at it for 3-4 days, but then the week continues, I get more tired, and my workouts fall to the wayside.  At this point in my weight loss journey, I know that my body responds quickly to workouts.  When I’m consistent I lose weight; when I let them slide, I maintain.  This fact is going to spur me on during those afternoons/evenings when I start getting lazy and want to “negotiate” reasons why it’s ok to skip the day’s workout. No skipping workouts this season!
  • Limit my alcohol intake.  In general, I only have alcohol 1-2 times a week, when I’m out with friends.  I plan to continue this during the holidays.  Someday when I’m in maintenance, I foresee having a daily glass of wine (if I’m so inclined), but while I’m still trying to lose weight, I only want to imbibe when I’m with friends and family in a social setting.  I’ll use baths and working out as a way to unwind from a long day when I’m by myself.
  • Continue being active on social media.  That means logging everything in MyFitnessPal daily.  Checking in on Instagram with my workout pics. And writing/reading blogs.  I love the support and inspiration I get on MFP and Instagram, which is why it’s a daily part of my life.  If you’d like to add me as a friend and/or follow me on IG, please do.  And leave your IG name in the comments, because I’d love to start following you, too. In terms of blogging, I know I’ve gotten less consistent with writing these past 6 months.  I guess because I only like to write when there’s something interesting to say.  And because I am so active on IG, that seems to have replaced the quick daily posts I used to write.  Maybe I’m evolving as a blogger?  I will still blog on here regularly, and read your blogs as often as I can.
  • Enjoy the season. Even though this isn’t necessarily going to help me with my weight loss goals, it will make me happy, which is all part of leading a healthy life.  This year I want to: go ice skating, enjoy the decorations at Christmas in the Park, send Christmas cards, sit by cozy fires, listen to holiday music, light glowing candles, watch my favorite holiday movies, and wrap presents.

Those are my goals for December – completely doable and realistic.  Wish me luck!

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I’ve been having such a fun time this first week of Winter Break, and I thought I’d share a couple of the outfits I’ve been wearing out and about.

Monday I didn’t snap any photos because I stayed close to home doing errands, walking the dog, and going to the gym. Nothing noteworthy, in terms of fashion.

Tuesday, December 20thSeason of Hope Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. One of my students was performing at a free concert in the downtown area and I invited a few of my friends to come along. We grabbed a drink at The Fairmont Hotel before, and then enjoyed some beautifully moving music. Seriously, I got teary-eyed as I listened, especially when I realized that these were high school kids performing – they sounded amazing, and you would’ve sworn they were professional adults. The nicest part was the huge smile on the face of my student when she realized I was there to support her. I took several photos with my friends, but none of those showed my outfit well. The one that did was taken with my student, so I cropped her out of the photo, hence the “random hand” on my shoulder. My hair was a bit flat on top, so I thought a beret fit perfectly with the outfit. The sparkly purple cardigan is courtesy of Scale Warfare (thanks for helping me out once again, SW!!).

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Beret: Target; cami: LB; Cardi: Kohl

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I know this picture has nothing to do with fashion, but I snapped it quickly outside of the Basilica, and I think it

Wednesday, December 21stLunch and shopping in Union Square, San Francisco. I was meeting a friend of mine for lunch, and this wasn’t just any old lunch, he and I had worked together years ago, and then lost touch, and reconnected on FB a few months ago. This was the first time I had seen him in over 6 years, and since he’s a buyer at a major SF-based clothing company, I knew I had to bring my A-game, fashion-wise. You guys have seen me in this outfit in a past OOTW, but I “juzzed it up” with that cool, red crochet flower. Oh, and a different beret made an appearance again today because the hair is still a bit flat on top. (I’m happy to report that he liked my dress and complimented me on it).

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Beret: Macy

Thursday, December 22nd: Midday movie (Sherlock Holmes) with my dad. My dad and I have a tradition of going to the movies together whenever we have a break or vacation. Usually we see some sort of action, adventure, or thriller. I loved the first Sherlock Holmes, and this one might have been even better. The plotline is so convoluted that you really can’t figure it out, but it is fun just trying to keep up. Plus, I love the set designs and costumes. And Robert Downey Jr. has been a favorite of mine forever, and it’s so nice to see him doing so well. After the movie, we grabbed Subway, and then took the dogs on a long walk. I had a great time spending the afternoon with my dad. This outfit was already featured in a past OOTW, but since I had such a fun day, I figured I’d show the outfit.

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Sweater: Woman Within; tank: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy

This week has been really fun because I spent almost every day getting out and being social. It reminds me that I need to do this a bit more often even when I don’t have two weeks off. Of course, it’s so much easier to make plans when I don’t have a million other things on my mind, but I do need to make socializing more of a priority in 2012.

Friday was another stay at home in lounge clothes kind of day – no photos.

Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve.  I wanted to look nice for Christmas Eve, and I think the details can make all the difference, so I tried to put some thought into the accessories for my outfit. The buttons on the cardigan I was going to wear were really pretty – they reminded me of a brooch you might find on an outfit in the 20s.  Sort of deco.  This photo is a bit unclear, but I think you get the idea:

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The buttons were pretty - clusters of red, clear, and bright pink stones.

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I borrowed my sister's diamond cluster earrings, to echo the buttons of the cardigan

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The ruby and diamond ring my grandmother bequeathed to me fit in perfectly.

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Cardi: Avenue; Tank: LB; Black jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

 

December 25th: Christmas Day.  I was headed to my parents’ house again tonight, and I was looking forward to a quiet dinner with “the original four” – my dad, my mom, my sister, and me.  It was a nice evening sharing stories, opening presents,  and enjoying ravioli.  The atmosphere was casual, but I wanted to make she that I was decked out for the holidays.

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I found these stocking socks in the $1 bins at Target. Love.

 

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Sure, I can say that I was just in the Christmas spirit with this hat, but the truth is, my hair was a bit messy on top.

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Hat: Walgreens (years ago); Sweater: Catherine's; tshirt: Woman Within; Dark Rinse jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

Which outfit was your favorite?

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This week I have a lot of “events” to go to, which is unusual for me.  I guess I should be glad that I’m so popular (haha!), but three events in one week is becoming a small source of stress for me. 

pasta Last night my parents had BFF and I over for dinner, and we had Italian Mac ‘n Cheese (made with sausage, tomato sauce, crimini mushrooms, and 4 different cheeses, then baked in the oven) bread, and a salad.  Plus some really delicious Pinot Noir.  I tried to make healthy choices regarding the portions, but no matter what, it was more points than I would normally have for dinner on a Wednesday night.  Still, I tracked in all on WW eTools. 
sushi Tomorrow night, I’m going to sushi with a friend whom I haven’t seen in a while.  She and I used to work together about 5 years ago, but she moved out of state, and is now back.  (I’m embarrassed to say that she’s been back in the area for about a year and a half, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to get together).  Sushi is a fairly safe choice, as long as I don’t eat too many that are tempura style.  At first I was going to type “stay away from tempura style,” but if I’m honest,  I know that I love Spider Rolls, so I have to at least taste it.  The thing that seems to get me with going to sushi is the sodium in the soy sauce.  Even when I use low sodium, I retain a ton of water.  I guess I just have to make sure to drink lots of water (more than my normal 48-64 oz) on Friday and Saturday. 

Speaking of Saturday, DRMK and her husband have invited my parents and I over to their new condo for an appetizer party.  It’s going to be so fun, and I really can’t wait, but again, I know there is going to be a lot of food, and probably most of it won’t be too WW-friendly.  Which is why I decided that I’m going to bring an appetizer of my own to share. 

cheeseball In the December WW Magazine, they featured Mini Cheese Balls that are only 1 point each (depending on what you roll them in) and look so good.  {Look for a recipe post about them sometime this weekend}.  I know that I can make good choices and watch my portion size, but it does make me nervous that this party is the night before my Sunday morning weigh-in. 

Then again, this is real life.  I should be so happy that I have people who love me and want to spend time with me.  That should be the focus for me, my gratitude.  Not worrying about how this is going to affect my weight loss this week. 

But at the same time, this weight loss is at the forefront of my mind because I am so motivated to take this weight off for good. 

So, that’s the conundrum.  I’m so happy that I have these events to go to, but at the same time I’m nervous about how this increase in social engagements will affect my results on the scale.  I have been trying to get in some activity so that I can counteract the higher points foods. 

Tune in Sunday to find out how it all turned out.  (How’s that for a teaser!!)

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