Happy Holidays and a Merry Five Pounds

Yep, in one measly week I have gained five whopping pounds. 5. Ugh. Three turkey dinners, a spread of hors d’oeuvres on Christmas Eve, a few (dozen) too many Christmas cookies and chocolates, wine and lots of it, two restaurant meals (definitely didn’t order salad), two fast-food meals (definitely didn’t order salad) and plenty of snacking in between. I should not be surprised.

Unfortunately, the holidays are not even over yet and I am NOT missing out on New Year’s Eve, no siree!

South Beach Phase 1, here I come again! (Well, in a few more days.) I am armed with two new cookbooks from Mom & Dad – The SBD Quick & Easy Cookbook and The SBD Parties & Holiday Cookbook. I’m determined to shed the holiday bulge (plus 1 lb, which would take me to 175) by the end of January and then I will be back on track!

At least I had a great Christmas! We spent lots of time with our familes and friends, ate tons of yummy food (obviously), went skating at Nathan Phillips Square and put in some solid couch time watchng Season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy on DVD. Oh, and lots of fantastic presents! I got an Ipod Nano from the hubby, which makes running on the treadmill tons more enjoyable. Seriously, it makes a difference. It works especially well with the tunes from my new Taylor Hicks CD!

Speaking of running, I have gone to the gym 4 times in the past week (not bad for holidays, eh?) I am now able to go 30 minutes straight at an average speed of 5.5 mph and I’m not even gasping for air! I treated myself to some new (“proper”) running shoes and pants (I was getting some serious thigh-burn from the shorts) so I am offically a runner!

That’s all for now. Happy New Year and I’ll see you on the other side!

No Damage Done

I stepped on the scale this morning and weighed 176.2, so now I don’t feel so bad about Sunday!

I ran on the treadmill for 25 minutes yesterday at at average speed of 5.5 mph, plus 10 minutes of walking. My legs are sore this morning, but running is so satisfying! My goal is to run 5 km in half an hour, which would be 6 mph. We’ll see how long that takes!

We also went to the mall last night and I bought the Fat-Burning Kickboxing for Dummies DVD to try at home. It looks like a good workout and most importantly, FUN!

I’m going for my annual Christmas lunch with a co-worker today (Kelsey’s) and I will try to be good, but no guarantees. :)

One and a half days of work til Christmas Vacation!


Update – 1:52 p.m.

Forgive me, for I have sinned.

-Smirnoff Ice
-Club wrap
-millions of french fries
-caramel ice cream bar

I am soooooo full. Someone is going to have to roll me home.

3 Turkey Dinners

As of yesterday, we have THREE turkey dinners with all the fixins’ planned for the holidays: Saturday with my Mother-in-Law, Monday with my family and Tuesday with my Brother- and Sister-in-Law and their family. Oh boy! I have come to the realization that I will definitely be starting phase one again in the new year. I have to enjoy Christmas and that is just not possible without a lot of food!

Today and yesterday I have been really good. I licked the spoon a few times while I was making homemade peanut butter cups yesterday, but considering how yummy they are, I’m just pleased that I didn’t eat the whole batch.

My blog title is appropriate today!

CHEATER, CHEATER, COMPULSIVE EATER! Yep, that’s me. Do I ever have some confessions today!

Yesterday we had a delicious lunch at Mom & Dad’s. Started off with some homemade sweet-roasted (read: sugar-coated) nuts. Lunch was a salad with apples, walnuts, bacon and maple-flavoured dressing (yum). The main-course consisted of stick-to-your-ribs ribs, pear-blue-cheese-stuffed pork tenderloin, roasted potates and SBD roasted veggies. So at least something was diet-friendly! I only ate a little of everything, but it added up to a lot. Then came dessert. While I turned down apple crisp, I did have a scoop of ice cream and two Christmas cookies (from last weekend’s baking escapades).

The good news is, I opted for water and caffeine-free Diet Coke and passed on the wine.

But then came the evening. Before bed I had two pieces of toast and FOUR (yes, four!) pieces of Poppy Love (lemon poppy loaf from Eat, Shrink & Be Merry) that I had in the freezer. To avoid another incident like that, it’s going in the garbage when I get home! It wasn’t even that good after being frozen. Oh, and then I had my regular SBD fudgsicle-PB-whip dessert.

And so ends my shameful Sunday of Confessions.

I am going to be super good today, tomorrow and Wednesday. I’ll be mostly good on Thursday, but may indulge a little when my co-worker and I go for our annual pre-Christmas Kelsey’s lunch. And Friday, the bosses are hosting a small ‘wine and cheese’ before the holidays, but I’ll only have a little!

It’s almost Christmas!!!!!

One more thing: I weighed 176 on Saturday, only 10 lbs more than my hubby! Now THAT is a feat in itself. Hopefully I didn’t totally destroy that yesterday.