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Happy Monday! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This weekend was a mix of getting some spring cleaning and organizing done, meeting new friends, and volunteering at a local county park, and spending quality time with my family. All in all, a great time!

For the months of March and April, FMM is moving locations.  Sarah over at Losing Weight and Having Fun is hosting FMM for the time being, and I’m excited to discover her blog and meet a bunch of new bloggers.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: Losing Weight and Having Fun so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Holiday Traditions

1. Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? This is what I wore to school today:

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My family and I have always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by eating corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, and Irish soda bread.  I went to my parents’ house last night, in fact.  Seven years ago my favorite uncle passed away on St. Patrick’s Day after a rather sudden illness, and so now it’s also become a time for us to remember him.

2. Which is your favorite holiday to celebrate? I think I’d have to say Christmas, since it’s a whole season of being kind, preparing for family and friends to visit, and giving gifts.

3. Do you have a favorite ‘holiday’ food? In my Italian family, each holiday comes with its own assortment of traditional foods, so it would be hard to choose just one.  I guess if pressed, I’d have to say that I love having ravioli on Christmas Day.
4. What do you think of holiday parades?  I don’t really think much of them, to be honest.  I enjoy watching the Thanksgiving Day parades on TV in the background, but other than that, I don’t really watch holiday parades.
5. Have you ever been part of a parade? Yes, several years ago I marched in the San Francisco Gay Pride parade with friends who were working with an organization called Stop AIDS.  We all wore shirts that said, “Got Condoms?” because the Got Milk? campaign was new that year.  It was an amazing experience!  Such a celebration of life, with the underlying reminder that so many people had fought hard for freedoms that people now were able to experience.  My own uncle was part of the marches and vigils in San Francisco after Mayor Mascone and Harvey Milk were assassinated.
6. Do you decorate your house for the holidays? Yes, I decorate for every holiday and season.  This weekend I spent time decorating for spring.  My wreath on the front door and my welcome mat both have pretty flowers. I change out the throw pillows on my living room  couch, and decorate my dining table, as well.

7. Do you send holiday cards? I send out Christmas cards to my family and friends every year.  I love getting all the photo cards from my friends with families, and even though I’m single, I still like to do it.  I think it’s a sweet tradition.  I usually also send out Valentine’s Day cards to my close friends and my immediate family.
8. Are there any holidays that you celebrate that are traditional in another country, but maybe less well known in the US? Nope.  There are a few Italian saints’ days that my mom’s side of the family used to celebrate when I was younger, like the Feast of San Giuseppe, but we don’t celebrate it anymore.

 

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions!   And also be sure to go back to Sarah’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments!  I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM.  You never know who you’ll meet today.

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Goal Style. Each week I use Polyvore to put together looks that I hope to wear when I get to goal. They serve as inspiration and motivation, and they help me develop my own sense of style along the way. I enjoying working with thematic groupings, so if you have ideas of style themes for future fashion Friday posts, please put them in the comments.

Erin Go Bragh!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

St. Patrick’s Day is just a fun holiday.  The parades, the toasts, the good cheer, the green.  I know St. Patrick’s Day is huge on the East Coast (Boston, NYC), but I found out on the news last night that San Francisco has the biggest Irish cultural celebration on the West Coast. What better time to go out and drink a few shots of Jameson with friends?  I don’t normally go out to the bars and celebrate as so many others do, but maybe next year?  This week’s Goal Style was inspired by that possibility. “Sláinte!”

I love the sweater’s deep green and cable-knit pattern.  The jeans seem like they’d be great for a curvy figure like mine.  I love the shoes because they’re just so unexpected, and I had to throw a bit of orange into the mix with that awesome Kate Spade bag.  So, I hope you like this cute little bar-hopping outfit as much as I do.

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long.” ~Irish Saying

St. Patty's Day Outfit

Cruciani cable knit cardigan
$525 – stylebop.com

AG Adriano Goldschmied boot cut jeans
£117 – farfetch.com

Irregular Choice red pumps
$117 – heels.com

Kate Spade leather shoulder handbag
$448 – katespade.com

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I’ve been looking forward to this weigh-in for a while, especially since I missed last week’s, when I was away on a business trip.  I wasn’t sure exactly what the scale was going to show because I didn’t workout at all while I was away (although someone told me that using your brain burns calories, so maybe I met my caloric burn that way?), and I did indulge in higher calorie food than I normally would have.  On the other hand, once I got back and got to the grocery store, I’ve been eating well, working out, and feeling really good.

So let’s see if the Luck o’ the Irish was with this Italian girl on the scale today:

Which means I lost 1 pound! I still have an overall gain of 2.2 pounds for the year, but I’m slowly getting there.  As long as the scale is moving in the right direction, I’m happy.

Tonight I’m going to my parents’ house for our annual corned beef and cabbage dinner.  My mom sautes the cabbage with onions and olive oil and adds some new (red) potatoes.  It’s delicious.  Our Italian spin on an Irish classic.  Lean corned beef is actually really low in points, which is good.  I figured out the dinner in my Points Tracker on WW Online and the entire thing will be 9.5 points, which is about what I’d normally eat for dinner.  St. Patrick’s Day has become special in my family (although we always celebrated it, anyway), because it is the anniversary of my uncle’s death.  As my mom’s youngest brother and my favorite uncle, his passing is still so hard on all of us.  Every St. Patty’s Day we always get together, have this dinner, and remember all the wonderful things about him.  If he were still here he’s definitely raise a pint or two with us while enjoying the meal.

My plan for this coming week is to keep doing what I’m doing.  Keeping my points to 28 instead of 33, tracking everything, and getting in fun workouts 6/7 days of the week.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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