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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Other than food being a stressor for me this year, I enjoyed Christmas. I just wish food wasn't so central to celebrating the season. My eating wasn't the best after two of the three pot-lucks at work (I kept eating when I got home). I definitely overate at Christmas Eve dinner with my family. I think the food at these events was just so different from what I normally eat, that it triggered binge type eating. Nothing terrible, but nothing good. Quite frankly, I am relieved to have the holiday behind me because I have little emotion invested in New Year celebrations and it is easier for me to ignore the food.

My favorite gifts this year were spending the holiday with my 86 year old mother and family. My second favorite was going for a two hour hike on Christmas Eve morning and again on Christmas morning with one of my oldest and dearest friends. We walked in the forest preserve where we used to hike weekly back in the 80's. I'm very pleased to say that we had no trouble walking our old routes and I'm thrilled to know how far I have come with my fitness. Christmas 2010, I wouldn't have been able to walk more than 10 or 15 minutes on flat land. This year, my friend and I hiked up and down hills for 7 1/2 miles each day and I felt like I could have gone another couple hours. Truly, that is a gift to cherish!

A few snapshots from my phone of Christmas 2012. My mother's cheerfully decorated dining room:

Chili, whom my mother unabashedly favors among my dogs and who came with me for the visit. Note my Christmas socks, a fun gift from a coworker:

This is one of my favorite walks in the forest preserve, a long hill along a ravine. I hadn't been there for years. It was so great to walk it again:

I came across this plaque on a bench in the preserve:

And on that note, I will add my gratitude for all the good friends I have made here on SparkPeople and what wonderful gifts they bring each day. Thank you, Spark Friends and all the best to us in 2013!

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    emoticon emoticon My Christmas was similar with the food issues. Except for all the temptations kept me off track and over indulging through the New Year. emoticon Happy New Year and Continued Success through 2013!

    2941 days ago
    Sounds like a great visit with family! Your dog is so cute!
    2943 days ago
    wonderful! Sounds awesome.
    2946 days ago
    You must be so proud of being as fit as you are and how fun to hike those trails again with your friend. When I was younger all I did was work and have babies. My hiking and walking did not start till I was in my 40's. I also ate to much but am back on the wagon as one spark friend said. I am looking forward to the next year of sparking and meeting new friends as I lose the weight.
    2946 days ago
    Such a lovely blog! Of course my favorite part was reading how fitter you are now and that you can hike paths you used to hike. That is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your Christmas gifts with us.
    2946 days ago
    Socks: probably about $5

    Walk w/lifetime friend: worth millions!

    Chili: PRICELESS and adoreable!

    Thanks for sharing your special Christmas. Glad you got to spend time with your Mom. That to me is priceless as well. My parents (Mom 83, Dad 85) were here and that makes the holiday).

    2946 days ago
    Lovely gifts for you. I liked your pictures. I also took a nice walk on Xmas day..and ma going to see my 92 yr old mom next week.

    Have a wonderful holiday season. Yes, there is too much food over the holidays!
    2946 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your pictures. Thank you for sharing with all of us. emoticon
    2946 days ago
    So much fun to see some of hour holiday and hear your reflections. Thank you! I especially like the reflection on your hike with your friend and how you notice your strength and stamina.

    I feel as you do about New Year's. No big deal. We will built a bon fire and have a glass of wine with friends...probably at 9! (It will be New Year's somewhere then...)

    2947 days ago
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    Wonderful gifts and a wonderful attitude.
    2947 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Sounds like that You had a Wonerdful time with your loves ones this year. Love Your Dog. Glad You were able to get in a couple of walks too. God Bless You and Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. I like the Pictures too.
    2947 days ago

    I know what you mean about food being central to the holiday. What is it with this country anyway? Food seems to be central to all holidays and social occasions. We just do the best we can with what we get. Pot lucks are tough because you don't really know what is in each dish and you don't want to be rude to whoever made it. I'm sure you did better then you think and sounds like you were still pretty active. emoticon
    Here's to reaching our goals in 2013! emoticon
    2947 days ago
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    I love your gratitude for the important things in life like time with family and lovely walks in nature. And now the eating...I know all too well how hard it is when food becomes the focus and social events lead to more eating at home. I do the same. But I hope that tomorrow brings a new, healthier day!
    2947 days ago
    It sounds like a very nice Christmas. What a gift you gave yourself- to be able to hike and so enjoy it. Both of us will get back on track with the eating. Your dog pic is so cute.
    2947 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Sounds like you have some lovely memories of this Christmas. I too, enjoyed a couple of hikes in the woods...with a new snowfall- quite deep in some places.
    Your dog is adorable!
    2947 days ago
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