So I've been to more restaurants this week than I have in ages.
Lunch on Sunday (Mexican) after church with my family (Sophie sang a solo at church and my parents & Mark's cousin came to see her, and so we all went out afterwards).
Lunch on Tuesday for business.
Dinner on Wednesday with girlfriends for a birthday party.
Lunch on Thursday with my sponsor.
Lunch today for our office Christmas party.
I'm truly, utterly amazed my weight hasn't gone off the charts.
It was up a pound yesterday, after the Japanese hibachi dinner. I had the veggies (no meat) with 1/2 portion of fried rice (a half portion is a really full portion--the quantity they serve is ridiculous), a small salad and about 1/3 of miso soup. There is a lot of sodium in this type of food. I didn't overeat--I only ate the broccoli and zucchini from the veggies (I don't like mushrooms or large onions). And I left feeling full but comfortable. I usually get chicken when we eat hibachi, but I am always already full by the time the meat is ready, and I feel better not eating meat on a regular basis.
I am drinking lots of water, keeping my other meals small(ish). I haven't run once this week--because I've have had zero energy, I think due to the low pressure systems, hormones, and seasonal affective disorder popping up. Even though I'm using my SAD light in the mornings and had acupuncture a week ago, I think I still may have some issues with SAD, but nowhere near as bad as in the past.
I went to Sears last night before choir to return some things, and ended up buying a pair of Levi's (on sale. Also got two Land's End long sleeve tshirts for $10 each. Sears is awesome). I only have one pair of jeans that fit, and they are getting baggy and faded. The new jeans are size 10s! They have 1% spandex, which is all I could find and is OK with me, even though I'd prefer 100% cotton. If there is more than 1%, the jeans don't hold in my behind tight enough. Saddle bags look better if there is something holding them in place so they aren't all misshapen (ah, the story of my fat butt! ha). I always wear Assets under my dress pants and skirts (the high waisted kind so there's also no muffin top). I love their black tights for this time of year. God Bless Sarah Blakely!
So I feel really good about how I look today. And the sun is shining and the high pressure system has arrived. My hormones have mostly run their course, so happiness abounds for the moment.
Busy, busy, busy weekend. Tomorrow is my long run (10 miles if I can swing it; I'll do at least 8). I have all the kids' presents to wrap and three presents for a child we "adopted" for Christmas at church. Mark will help with wrapping. Kids are going to Grandmas for the day. Then Sunday is our Nicholson family dinner (another meal at a restaurant...I have no idea what I'm going eat. It's at the Log Inn, and they only serve country style, carb & sugar laden, food-coma food. I will probably eat before I go). And then a going away party for our good friends who are moving to Iowa.
Then Monday is Christmas at my mom's and Christmas Eve service at church. Thankfully Tuesday & Wednesday it is just us four and we have no commitments. I'll be working Thursday and Friday, at least part of each day.
I doubt if I post again until next week. So MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!