Monday, December 1, 2014

A December to Remember

Nope, still not expecting a shiny new car with a giant red bow on top...but there's a lot going on this month that I'm looking forward to, with the focus on family, friends and events, including:
  • The BCS Half Marathon!  You know, that little race we've been training for since July?  December 14 is the big day!
  • The day after the race - we'll have our end-of-season medal dinner for the running club, where everyone can rehash their race story and proudly show off their finisher's medal.  This will also mean the end of my tenure as organizer for running club.  While it's been a good experience, I will be glad to not have to do so much planning - I can simply run...ahhh, the freedom!
  • Our oldest will come home from North Carolina for a two-week visit, and just in time for him to spectate us at the half marathon (lucky kid!).  It will be nice to have my entire family under one roof for a while.
  • Of course, our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Throwdown will happen - an epic contest that, despite my best efforts, I've lost more often than I've won, but we have a blast no matter the outcome.
  • Christmas day - presents!  Yarn??  Who knows...but it's always fun.  Plus I've got a nice surprise gift for Jeff that I can't wait for him to open.
This month, there will be lots of social get-togethers and food occasions, but I'm not stressing over losing control around all of the goodies that will assuredly be offered.  Why?  Well, for one thing, after so many seasons of maintenance, I have discovered that I'm not going to regain 100 pounds overnight if I have some treats.  But I've also come to the realization that because I eat mostly healthy stuff, whenever I do have treats, I don't feel great, darn it.  I loved our Thanksgiving meal, but my stomach rebelled for two days afterward.

So yes, there will be indulgences, but I feel OK with being discerning about what I choose to eat, considering the upset stomach that will probably come with those treats.  I'd like to romanticize the past and say that I used to be fine eating whatever I wanted back when I was overweight, but truth be told, I lived on Prilosec...heartburn was a constant with me.  I'd rather enjoy the company and the event and not take home stomach upset; hopefully I will remember this before eating too many pieces of fudge, or toffee, or pumpkin bread, or...well, you get the point. 

12 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see pics of the gingerbread house contest!

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    1. We need to get our theme figured out...hmmm. I can't wait to see what we come up with! :)

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  2. What a fun month you have coming up! I know you are looking forward to finally running the race you've been training so hard for.

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    1. Yes, and I've already started stalking the weather channel for race day, LOL!

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  3. It sounds like a great month coming up! Do you think they are going to convince you into another stint being the organizer?

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    1. Haha, no..."they" have tried, but I'm seriously done.

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  4. You sure have a fun month ahead of you and I can't wait to see the photo's and read the fun stories.

    I look forward to December too, the last 2 weeks of this year I have a vacation. And I'm going to my first Christmas fair ever next week with 2 friends, that should be fun.

    Enjoy your month, I'll be around to enjoy your fun from a distance.

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  5. I seriously LOL'd at this sentence: "But I've also come to the realization that because I eat mostly healthy stuff, whenever I do have treats, I don't feel great, darn it." Its just so dang true. Its an excellent motivator to choose my healthier sugar-free treats the very next day.

    Your month does sound so fun. LOL at stalking the Weather Channel. I check it way more often than I used to.

    Ooh, surprise Jeff present. Can't wait to hear what it is!

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  6. We had our Thanksgiving big junk filled meal yesterday and this morning I feel awful. I am in the middle of the shingles and this morning I woke up with what feels like a cold. But I am wondering if it is from the junk I ate yesterday. I was feeling so good before, even with the shingles, it just isn't worth it!
    You have a fun month planned! Hope you have good weather for your half!

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  7. YOu have a great month ahead! Enjoy it all!!!

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  8. I can't wait to see pics of the gingerbread house contest. I got a kit to decorate with Oliver this year! I get sick when I eat too much "bad" (for lack of a better word) food these days too and I find myself wondering if I always felt like that and just got used to it or if it is really new. Like you, I used to live on heartburn medication and now I don't, so I suspect I just got used to feeling crummy from the food I was eating. Good luck with your race! You've got a great month ahead of you! - Jess

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  9. Have a great race Shelley and a great December!

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