This seems like an appropriate sentiment on Christmas night. I hope you all had a wonderful day. And I hope that you will take some time to think about the ‘reason for the season.’ Today on our morning walk, I was thinking about my faith. I have a hard time sharing my faith–it is a grand mystery! But my ultimate thought was that life does not make sense to me without faith, without God.
So today was the most unusual Christmas I can remember. Most Christmases are somewhat marred anyway by having to work the eve or the day, and if I have the whole thing off, then I am usually off and away visiting family. I REALLY like being home for Christmas. There is something so wonderful about being in familiar surroundings during a special time. That’s the problem with our global families, isn’t it?
I started the day with another perfect banana nut protein pancake. Lots of quiet time and reading. Then headed out for a walk with all three doggies because it looked like a storm was blowing in, and I didn’t think we’d get an opportunity to walk later in the day. Monk was a trooper, and we went about 2 1/2 miles.
Came home to a delicious lunch of a slice of ham, a pear, and a bowl of yogurt topped with that trifecta of perfection–walnuts, chocolate chips, and muesli.
Then I hit the ground running! Started packing, and started going down the long list of chores that needed to be done before I leave. When everything was just about done, I left to go to the gym for a ‘last chance workout.’ I have been working on getting back on track, and going to the gym was part of that. I weighed myself, and my post-holiday weight is 172–4 pounds above my goal weight. I will be interested to see if I gain or lose on this trip.
I also stopped at some friends who have taken this same trip to Africa to watch their home movies of Africa. That gave me a better feel for what the trip is going to be like. I asked about the food. It sounds pretty Americanized, but the portions are small (good!) Not much dairy though!! You know how I love my dairy. I really am not worried much about the food. Well, I do have some Luna and JayBars, and some trail mix packed. I’m not too worried.
Back home again, and I fixed myself a scrumptious Christmas dinner. This is exactly what I wanted. As you all know, I am fully capable of fixing myself whatever food I want. But again, wanting to get back on track, eat healthy and fresh, and DELICIOUS. This is so important to me. When I was eating all the cookies and extras, I thought about all my favorite healthy foods that I was missing. Just these two days of eating really well has reassured me that I am not going to revert to my old unhealthy food habits. The good exercise is like the icing on the cake (oops, probably not the best illustration…)
Oh. Anyway, here is the dinner I had:
The doggies all got Christmas presents–I ordered these elk antler ‘bones’ for them. Oh, they are crazy about them. Only thing is I have to supervise their chewing, because, well, let’s just say they haven’t learned that lesson about how good little doggies always share with the other doggies.
So there it is. I will make this an au revoir message as well! Be back in a couple of weeks with a whole new set of topics to discuss! In the meantime, be good little boys and girls, and keep away from that sugar/salt/fat combo as much as possible. It’s lethal, I tell ya!
Oh, I wanted to share one more thing! Very fitting to end the Christmas season with the Hallelujah Chorus!