A Healthy Christmas????

Urban winter scene

It’s 6 am, I’ve been awake and at the computer since 3 am. That’s 3 hours of something productive, and on Christmas Eve to boot. I’ve been sitting here reviewing my menu for Christmas Dinner and making sure I have everything I need for it. Normally I  would be sawing   some pretty steady wood like my boyfriend, but too much on my mind to be sure were ready for our first time  having family over to our place. So the healthyChristmas just doesn’t seem to be something I can conquer this year. But we have had  salad twice this week and that’s more than we’ve had it in the last 3 weeks! Woo Hoo progress! So why am I awake all night long the  night before Christmas Eve? There are several reasons that I’ll explain this morning.

The first one, which is so very important to me, is that my son sent me a message at 2:30 am needing a ride. I always leave my phone  on when I go to sleep and he has a special tone for both text messages and phone calls. It ensures I will wake up no matter what for  him. Tonight I’m very happy I was able to help him when he asked for it. It means the world to me tonight to have him sleeping in my  house and knowing I’ll see him for the holidays. That’s the good stuff as they say.

The second is on a more serene note, I go to the cemetery every Christmas Eve to visit my grandparents. Tomorrow is the day and    I’m grateful they are so close to where I live that I can get there no matter what the weather, but also it reminds me of how much they  miss each year. My grandfather missed a lifetime of joy, sorrow, tears and laughter. He missed watching my son grow from a baby  into a young man. And I missed hearing him tell me how much I could accomplish and how great I was at everything. I was his princess and my son would have been king. We were lucky enough to have my grandmother for a long time after my grandfather passed. She watched my son grow and spent a lot of time with him. He was happy just seeing her and spending time with her. I learned a lot from her and we were extremely close.  It’s a bittersweet memory for me. I’m thrilled I had so much time, but so very sad she’s no longer here with us.

Lastly, I have my health on my mind. I’m not sick or anything like that, just overweight! As I thought about Christmas and all the baking I did today, I began to wonder was there a way to enjoy these little treats and keep it reasonable without overindulging this year? Maybe, if I hide them (or better yet get someone else to do it). This year I want to keep from feeling sick at the end of the night and eating until I need to lay down and unbutton my pants (you know you have been there – we all have at least once in our lives). Maybe I need to give most of them away, but then what do I serve when I have company? So I went back over my training information from almost a year ago and sat and thought, do I want to do this again or is there something better for me? I not only want to, but feel the need to be healthy. I need to lose weight so going up and down stairs is easier on my knees and ankles. And I have an outstanding goal staring at me saying, “hey, remember me? You haven’t finished me yet! Are you gonna quit or do it already?” That’s my lovely conscience yelling at me for putting it off.

Overall, I think I just couldn’t sleep because the next two days are so filled with family and friends that I am so grateful are in our lives. I’m the happiest in my life now than I have ever been, but still have this one goal kicking at me. I want to run a 5K just to say I finished it. I started training and got busy and stopped, and started and stopped like a gazillion times already. I think it’s time to solicit the big guns now (my boyfriend).

So my hope for this holiday season is simple, I want a white Christmas (like the photo I found at www.alaska-in-pictures.com would be great!)  I want my family and friends to be safe and be able to get to us. And I want to keep from overindulging. Then we’ll work on the rest after the holidays are finished and wrapped up in a pretty box with a big red bow.

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

Moving Day and Beyond

We moved on November 29th and smooth was not what it became, instead it was like an old curvy, bumpy back road when you are the passenger in a truck with no shocks. But we did it! The movers didn’t work out, so we did it all with just us and a few good friends with a truck. Let me explain the scenario for you. We had myself who is in pretty fair condition, except I’m older than I like to believe and my joints remind me of this when I push them too much. Then my boyfriend who normally would have no trouble at all, but the week before the move he broke his foot and is currently wearing a big black boot. Then we had the ones who made it all possible, his good friend, his brother, his daughter and her friend. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten out of the gate, much less here and settled (well as much as you can be after just a few days).

So day 1 we moved most of the furniture and I set up the kitchen, office, and took care of getting our clothes situated. Day 2 I set up the dining room (mostly because it’s the only area we have in which to eat at a table, since our kitchen is a galley kitchen). Day 3 – the bed arrived (I can’t wait to sleep in my bed), and decorated for Christmas (mostly anyways) and picked up the tree! Oh yeah I plan on having a normal Christmas, fully decorated and all! What’s next on the list? Well we need to stabilize the armoire (mostly so he has somewhere for his clothes) and finish the rest of the house. But we are making progress.

Somewhere along the way, we have had a few spitting contests when our frustrations got high too! So now all I want is to get the rest of our stuff here (the boys are picking up my curio cabinet and a few bookshelves tonight) and get the balance of our stuff put away. I am ready to do that so we can relax and enjoy the rest of the week and our upcoming weekend with NO PLANS! Yes no plans is perfect right now because all I want to do is relax and watch movies or something similar for one whole weekend.

Wish us luck on that part 🙂

Overall, we are very lucky to have good friends and my parents who are so supportive of us as well as his daughter as well. They have been there for us and my mom is still helping us out. It’s a blessing to have such good friends and family in your corner.