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Healthy, un-Grinchy holidays

As of right now, I’m in week ? of this weight-loss journey.

I put a question mark because I honestly have no idea where I’m at on this journey and I don’t really care.

It’s not important any more how many days I’ve been without a single drop of Pepsi. My love. Because the separation has made our “hearts” grow apart.

I no longer drool over my memories of “the burn” from Pepsi in the morning. I don’t really long for the crisp sound of an opening can of Pepsi at 10 at night.

I tried to drink a Dr. Pepper and it was so rich and sweet that I immediately regretted it. And that car-sick feeling that took over my body was a very welcome reaction to this recovering soda-addict. I can drink Sprite. In very small quantities.

Frankly, since Thanksgiving, this “journey” hasn’t been much different from my pre-journey lifestyle (save the Pepsi). Life has been so busy with the holiday bustle, a couple birthdays, a child’s surgery and now lots of snow days.

I’ve been tired.

And unmotivated.

Thankfully, I have not only maintained my weight-loss weight but lost a small amount. ONLY by the grace of God, I’m 26 pounds lighter. Woohoo!!!!!

So my “healthy” holidays goal is to not stress about the fact that my journey has slowed and pretty much halted. For now. (I still have 14 pounds to lose!)

I’m aiming to maintain over the next few weeks.

Drink lots and lots and lots of water.

And eat. But (hopefully) in moderation.

I’m not going to ruin this Christmas season by being down on myself because I haven’t scratched off “workout” on my daily to-do list.

Or because I devoured one of my Aunt Jackie’s FAMOUS pumpkin cake rolls at Seneker Christmas.

Because in the end who cares if I weigh 35 pounds if I am a Grinch? I know I can be very Grinch-like when I “feel” like I’m failing.

That’s why there MUST be new and special rules for this time of year. At least for me.

So here’s to a moderately yummy, moderately healthy, water-filled, joy-filled, family-filled, un-Grinchy Christmas!

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My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

4 replies

  1. I can commiserate with the soda addiction. I’m down to one Pibb a day and I feel that is an achievement. My family has taken a pledge to not eat any fast food for a year. It gets easier each day. Good luck with your continuing weight loss and Happy Holidays!
    Crackerdog Farm

    1. Thanks, Kelly! We very much struggle with eating out. The one-year challenge sounds crazy hard. But I’m sure do-able. Merry Christmas (and good luck with the Pibb addiction!)!

  2. YAY Ginia! You should be really proud of yourself. I do Weight Watchers (not religiously around the holidays – pun intended) LOL but they have “cheat points” allowed and often encouraged while on the program. They realize if a person goes crazy nuts with a diet and doesn’t partake of an occasional pumpkin cake roll, for example, that pretty soon they’ll just run out and eat a whole pizza or something. You done good, kid! Aloha for now! Love, Aunt Pam 🙂

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