Thursday, 19 December 2013

Holiday treats

Holiday atmosphere in the office and everyone is letting loose.  Lots of treats galore at the little get-togethers, in common-rooms and at assorted desks.  Clients bring in treats for us and colleagues bring in baked goodies and boxes of candies and chocolates.  I admit I did partake of some of the baked goods, but it was planned and I only had ONE, that's it.  I always keep a big mug of coffee or tea at these office party things and smile and join in conversations: no looking and drooling over the tempting treats.  Must remember my January Jeans pledge!

The stock image below is much like the spreads here in the office--just turns my stomach remembering how much of that stuff I used to be able to wolf down!
I love my job and I'm good at what I do... however, I hate that it is so sedentary. I'm chained to my computer and sit a desk for most of the day. I do get up and stretch often (sometimes a downward dog in my cubicle when no one's looking LOL), take a walk or take the stairs, ect., but the fact remains that I'm inactive for a good part of the day.  I have been pondering off and on a job change for something a bit more active, but that would mean a paycut, likely a dramatic one and at this point, my man can't make up the difference on his salary. For now I'm here and have to be active on my own time.

My potlucks and get-togethers with friends have been going very well. Planning in advance helps so much, especially when going to a restaurant and they post their menu online!  It's easy to make decisions ahead of time.  Thanks to Gwen for the tip about smuggling in lemon slices to the restaurant as dressing for salad. This particular restaurant didn't have lemons when my friends also asked the waitress for some.

I did have trouble getting out for walks this week due to the cold and windy weather. I'm not talking a cool breeze here but -30C/-22F (without the windchill) and frostbite warnings. I cut my walk on Saturday short and continued the workout on my elliptical at home.  I'm not fond of the elliptical (or treadmills or cardio classes at the gym) but it's an option when I can't get outside.  I do have to go outside to shovel the snow... which burns a calorie or two. So far this season, we've received over two feet and more is on the way.

Weight this week down to 193.2 lbs. I'm eating the right foods, example of my food plan posted here, but according to the tracking I do on MyFitnessPal, my portions recently are larger than usual and I'm still slacking on the exercise. Will do better this coming week. Remember, every little bit counts!


  1. Love the 'be a lemon smuggler' idea - thanks for passing this on.
    Sounds like you are coping really well with food and the potential festive pitfalls. Have a great Christmas and 'go girl' for 2014!

  2. I smuggle lemons regardless! I love lemon period! Have a wonderful holiday;)

    1. Thanks Leigh! If someone gave me a bag of lemons for Christmas, I'd be happy :)

  3. I hear you on the cold. So sick of the winter weather already.

    Sounds like you're having a successful Christmas season so far! Keep it going!!! :)

  4. Thanks Shannon! Other than trying not to hibernate, I'm sticking close to my eating plan.

  5. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.
    I remember when I worked (before I went back to school), being at the office made the holidays so much harder, because everyone was bringing and giving treats. Sometimes I felt like saying no was such a huge slap in the face for some people. Weird.

    Every litle bite counts!