Friday, November 26, 2010

Post Thanksgiving Black Friday

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  The most dreaded day for dieters is behind us now, and it wasn't so bad, was it?  I was pleasantly surprised, reading up on the blogs, at how many did well - enjoyed their meals and stayed, or got right back, on plan.  Well done!

Today's motivation word is FOCUS (or Refocus, for those who deviated from their plans during Thanksgiving Day).  It is very easy to become distracted from the background priorities, by the tasks at hand. 

Dad enjoyed his day yesterday, thoroughly, as did our guests - so it was a wonderful day for all.  He has one more treatment to undergo (in mid-December) and then it is entirely out of the hands of the doctors, who've been wonderful.  Whatever next year brings, we have a wonderful Thanksgiving to add to our memories this year.

As for our Thanksgiving meal, I had a little bit of everything, but no seconds on a single thing.  I even left some food on the plate.  I was very pleased that I walked away feeling satisfied, but not stuffed.  I did some walking each of the last three days too, so I'm comfortably confident there will be (at least) no weight gain for me this week, when I weigh in on Sunday.  No small feat, given the limited selections available to me at the hospital - and given the crazy hours I've been keeping.  It can be done!   Dad is home again.  He should be back to normal energy by mid-week ... he gets a bit wiped out, between the pain meds and cancer treatment.  All is good there now too, for now.  Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes.  They were very much appreciated. 

I can't possibly comment on everyone's blogs, but I've been reading quite a bit this afternoon.  I anticipate things will return to a normal schedule by Tuesday - after I take the last of our guests to the airport.  I just wanted to say how proud and pleased I am of everyone here in Blogland.  No one (really) went too insane in their eating - though a few of you feel like you did.  Everyone seemed to survive just fine, and now the main thing is to get back on track (if deviated from it). 

For those folks, don't forget that tomorrow is SATURDAY STARTOVER.  No matter what you've done, no excuses, back on your plans! 

Sharon, I thought of you yesterday - spending the first Thanksgiving without your beloved FIL.  I know you took comfort in each other's company though.  Those "first" holidays are tough ones.  I know, having been through that with Mom's recent passing.  There is comfort in traditions too - our link with those who have gone before us.

No Black Friday shopping for me.  I avoid crowds like those ... I like Allan's "Couch Friday" approach instead.  But, for all of you BF shoppers out there, best of luck in finding those deals!

Day 128 and glad to have the Thanksgiving Feast behind me, while not adding to my behind this year ...   



  1. Well, we kicked Thanksgiving Day butt. Now, we're gonna kick Christmas butt! No holiday overeating! Woohoo.!

  2. Kick that fabled holiday to the proverbial curb!
    Good to see ya back - hope all is well.
    You ARE taking care of yourself, aren't you?
    Just asking!

  3. I'm glad all went well for you, Ann. Great job on the "normal" eating, too.

  4. I LOVE your attitude!!! I'm glad Thanksgiving went well for you. Nice job on the walking! With house guests, i'm sure it was especially tough to get away and exercise. You have your priorities! Your father will be in my thoughts.

  5. Glad to see you back! Sounds like a great thanksgiving for lots of blogfriends! We celebrate thanksgiving in June, but did have a rememberance celebration here in our community yesterday. We had a meal with my parents, with watermelon for dessert! Yum!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad. Hugs!

  6. Christmas is the great danger time here and because it heralds summer holiday and is followed closely by New Year it's a really tricky time to negotiate. Visitors and baking and late afternoon gatherings and BBQs that go long into the evening. Every weightloss person's nightmare and it goes on for weeks it seems.

    I always get through Christmas safely. For me the problem lies in the aftermath. I don't think I've ever negotiated the following two weeks without losing the plot altogether and having to seriously re-group. Some years I never seem to get back on track.

    This year will be different.

    All the best as you and others return to your normal patterns of eating and exercise. Congratulations on managing the day so well. You kept to your plan. Not always easy when busy.

    So glad you had a happy day.

  7. I would really love to see the stats on the success rate of those on the challenge vs. those who are not. I suspect those on the challenge would absolutely kill in this.

    Congrats for making a plan and sticking to it.

  8. Good for you Ann, so glad you did so well, glad things are okay with your Dad, there is no better day than today is there. all the best. c

  9. No black Friday for me!!! the Christmas shopping is all point and click for me!!! love the intranet!!

  10. This is soooo motivational! I'm forwarding this posting to someone as we speak! We are now running a 90 day challenge for weight loss and have been getting great results as well.