2. While John went off to tend to some business on Saturday, Lori and I spent the day together exploring Mystic. Mystic is fairly well known as a tourist area, but I rarely go, except maybe to a restaurant. So, it was super fun to me to spend the day walking around the shops and having lunch with Lori. We had lunch at a place called Bleu Squid which specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and CUPCAKES! Which Lori loves and is why I suggested it. And of course, we ended the afternoon with a Latte. It was a wonderful day and once again I was reminded why women need other women to spend time with.
4. Because I'd been fighting an awful cold/flu of some sort for several days, we made plans to stay home for New Year's Eve. I made a seafood dinner for us and enjoyed a glass of Prosecco atop the cute beverage napkins Little Helen had given me as a stocking stuffer,
5. We tried desperately to stay awake until midnight by eating later and having dessert even later than usual. We enjoyed two of these yummy cupcakes.
We actually made it to about 11 then decided to go to bed and watch the rest of New Year's Rockin' Eve - not a good idea as by 11:30 we both had fallen sound asleep. I must have woken up at some point and been annoyed by the TV noise because it was off in the morning.
6. New Year's Day I slept in until 8 o'clock! And woke up feeling like death warmed over. So I took an Aleve Cold and Flu, had some coffee while waiting for it to kick in a then went out to run the last run of the Runner's World Streak I'd started on Christmas Day. The goal was to run at least 1 mile every single day between Thanksgiving and New Years - 39 days in all. 35 of those days I ran outside and 4 of the days I ran on my treadmill due to pouring rain, an ice/snow/rain storm, and two mornings where it was all black ice on the roads. I ran 122 miles in all - averaging a little over 3 miles a day. I'm proud of myself for sticking to this challenge, which became especially challenging after my brother died. But, I was thinking this morning, because I tend to stick with things once I start them, this challenge really kept me moving during a time when I probably would have quit exercising at all for a while. I decided to run 2.17 miles for 2017 and also because I really was not feeling well. I was happy with the run considering how yucky I felt.
7. When I got home, Mr. Helen and I started taking down all the Christmas decorations. This ended up being quite comical - he was tired by the time we got finished and kept saying he couldn't believe how long it took. I told him that he'd been spoiled because I generally did this by myself and that's why I would say it took the whole day. He promised to help me from now on.
8. We had our Hoppin' John, cornbread, and Mr. Helen's super delicious pan fried chicken for dinner. This is sort of a traditional meal for us though the meat changes from year to year. I make the black-eyed peas in the crockpot. For several years I've used this recipe from Plain Chicken - easy because I use leftover Christmas ham, and the beans come out so delicious!
9. As usual, I did quite a bit of reflecting on New Year's Day as I putted around. Like I said before, 2016 had it's ups - me doing the Army 10 Miler after 6 years of not racing, and of course ending the year by getting to meet Lori! There were also downs - my thyroid getting out of whack and stalling any progress I'd made on weight loss, falling just before my race, the lack of a proper vacation. Of course it all got put into perspective by the worst down of all when Joe died.
10. I usually weigh myself on New Year's day, and if you remember last year when I posted about this, I had gained 7.2 lbs. and I had the thought that if I could just lose 2.2 ounces a week, I'd have that off by New Year's Day of 2017. As I tried to decide what to do about it, I came up with the $5 bet between Mr. Helen and me that went swimmingly until the above-mentioned thyroid malfunction, followed by my brother's going downhill to death. Honestly, I didn't care what I ate meaning, while I had never "dieted", I had always worked on putting together nutrionally sound meals, and for the last couple of months of 2016, I just didn't give a crap.
I had reset my zero scale when I started the $5 bet because while I knew things would fluctuate from week to week, I wanted to see at the end of the year, what I'd managed. While I hadn't looked before and had let Mr. Helen take the pictures and either pay me or not, I wanted to know now.
That is a net loss of 17.8 pounds! So I lost my 7.2 plus more all without dieting, which is the most exciting thing of all. Mr. Helen said I had gotten up to 26 pounds lost before my thyroid went nuts - but I'm not letting that get me down. In fact I feel encouraged that once my levels are good again, I will be able to lose that and more as I seem to have figured out a way to eat that is comfortable for me. And for the first time in years, I'm not obsessing over food - just enjoying it as it comes.
All in all a good start to 2017.