Holiday Health: Debriefing

Columbus Daffodils

Well, another set of holidays has come and gone. I spent mine at my parents’ house, which while always enjoyable and worthwhile, presents unique challenges for my weight maintenance and fitness goals. So, consider this post a “debriefing” of sorts on how well I did.

Eating: I actually did pretty well. I stuck to my usual habit of not eating any meat other than fish. Mom even graciously made salmon along with the traditional hamloaf. Other than Easter Sunday, I kept my calories in the 2000-2500 range, which for me is normal. Now, Easter Sunday wasn’t perfect. I ate more Cadbury eggs (and other stuff) than normal and finished with over 3,000 calories. But, Monday, I was back on track. Also, compared to what I would’ve done 2 years ago, this was phenomenal. I went off my normal eating plan, but didn’t go waaaaay off like in the past.

Working Out: I managed to workout two out of the four days I was either visiting my parents or traveling to visit them, which isn’t too bad. Normally, I probably would’ve worked out all the days or at least three of four. Still, this wasn’t too bad. For some reason the YMCA near my parents doesn’t do much for me. I think it’s because I have to drive 20 minutes one way to get there and my energy is a bit sapped. But, I still went and did pretty much my normal workout.

Stress: The holidays always stress me out a bit, but I didn’t do too badly this time. I didn’t sleep well there, which did admittedly create some stress. But, I dealt with it and didn’t let it bother me.

Overall: I’m happy with how the Easter holidays went. I didn’t put on weight, kept my working out routine fairly normal, and didn’t stress out. For me, this was quite a success!

Anyone following this blog want to comment on how you did this Easter?

Image: Taken by me at a reststop near Columbus. It was very nice to see spring farther along than we have experienced near Cleveland.

Merry Christmas 2008

I absolutely love Christmas. Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed everything about Christmas: late-night Church services, Christmas lights, Christmas presents, family gatherings, Christmas carols, Christmas cards, etc. This year is no different. Tonight we went to Christmas Eve Mass (not midnight as usual…but my brother has a baby now) and a lessons-and-carols service at my dad’s church. Tomorrow, on Christmas Day, we will get up early, have some nice peppermint coffee, and have a big lunch with the family. After that we will open presents, and maybe if the weather is nice, Jonathan and I will go out and toss some football. Tomorrow night, we will travel the area, looking for nice Christmas light displays. We usually hit a few big displays. One is so big you can drive through it, and a little bit down the road is a business building that has no outside lights, but in two rooms on the second floor are old fashioned Santa and Frosty light-up figurines. We call it the “eerie Santa” display.

We are eating well, but trying to keep our calories and activities in check so as not to gain any weight during the holiday break.

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas!

eerie santa

Image of my parents’ Christmas tree above. Bottom image is a photo of the “eerie santa” (and an eerie Frosty) building

Yeah, But Boy Was it Good!

I hope all of our readers had a blessed and restful Thanksgiving. I have been spending my break (which started Tuesday evening) with my wife, my parents, grandma, and my brother and his family. We had a nice big meal, and I had plenty of turkey, stuffing, cranberry dessert, mashed potatoes, and of course, pumpkin pie. Jonathan and I began the day by running at the school I graduated from. There are nice rolling hills surrounding the track, so we ran a few “country miles” as our old football coach would call them. I overate quite a bit, but the extra activity made me closer to breaking even, although I still consumed more than I burned. I suppose if there is one day of the year that is allowed, it is Thanksgiving. So yeah, I consumed too much, but boy was it good!

I have a lot to be thankful for, and in the end, I am always more thankful for people than I am for stuff, so it was nice to spend time with my family.

Image of Pumpkin Pie taken by me