Saturday, December 26, 2009

Our Christmas 2009

Surprisingly we both had Christmas eve and Christmas day off together this year. This does not always happen because of the professions we are both in. Christmas eve started off in the am with us both slowly rising in the morning. J got up before me so she could wrap the rest of my gifts. We had to finish the scrapbook for J's mom for Christmas also. We were able to complete the rest of it (about 6 pages before we needed to get dressed and prepare for our friends Gerry and Andy to arrive from Boston to celebrate with us. Once they arrived and our friend Brian arrived we all headed out to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants La Carita to meet up with our friends Ronnie and Beth. We had a wonderful meal although I did not have my usual taco and enchiladas with the chips and salsa because of the diet but I did have shrimp and scallop fajitas without the tortilla and it was delicious esp since all I had all day was 2 protein shakes. I saw the nutritionist last week and I will explain my diet later. After some good food and drink we all left and came back to our place to play games. I got J a new board game for Christmas (Pictureka) which I let her open early so we could play it. It was fun. We also played Scategories and Scene it. We had a blast. Beth and Ronnie left around 11 and we all were tired so went to bed so we could rise early on Chritmas morning.

Christmas morning we both woke up around 5:30 but stayed in bed and managed to go back to sleep for a few hours since no one else was up not even the sun at that time. Around 8:30 I smelled fresh coffee brewing and woke J up so we could go down and join our guest to open presents and have breakfast. We both grabbed our stockings first to see what was in them. We always give each other stocking stuffers that consist of various things that we use such as razors, hand lotions, soaps etc and sweets. This year I got bath and body works shower gels and hand cream, razors, small hand creams that I can take to work to use, and make up. I got J a small first aid kit to go in her car, shout handy wipes for those little spills on the go, hand cream, shower gel, lindt white chocolates (her fav), and coke a cola gummies another fav. After our stockings we each gave one another Christmas cards and then started to hand out gifts for everyone. We gave Andy and Gerry some lindt chocolates and a new crock pot that has a lid that locks in place ( we knew that they wanted one of these since they are the ones that always bring two of everyones fav dishes to parties Swedish meatballs and clam chowder) so they were happy about this. We got Brian a sweater, fleece shirt, lindt chocolates, and a Julia Childs book (his degree is in culinary arts and he loves her) We received some nice led flashlights from A & G and some homemade chex mix in a Christmas container from Brian. I got from J a pair of jeans, work shoes, 2 pairs of sterling silver earrings, eddie bauer sleeping bag, expandable ice and snow removal brush for my car, and 2 pj pants. I got J a jewelry box, shoes, socks, label maker, spice rack, and her fav gift that was really a surprise a Wii. I loved the look on her face when she saw the Wii pure excitement but I did not catch it on camera. Of course once she got this I could not drag her away from it. She immediatly set it up and everyone started to play. It is still so funny to watch everyone play this I think we look like fools swinging and hitting into the air but its fun. Today we are both sore from playing it. I guess its a good workout. I do plan on getting her the Wii fit soon so we can do workouts with this. We did manage to cook a delicious breakfast for our guest even though I only had a protein shake.
Andy and Gerry left around 11:00 and we started to make scallop potatoes and salad to take to J's grandmothers for Christmas dinner.

We arrived in Melrose at J's grandmothers house around 3:00. Her mother, her brother Liam and his wife and her 2 nephews, her brother Dan and his fiance and nephew, and Brian were all there. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner her mother prepared. Roast beef, ham, potatoes, scallop potatoes, salad, green beans, summer squash, and bread. It was yummy. I did have this meal since it is Christmas and my nutritionist said I should enjoy one meal this day. After dinner we exchanged gifts. The kids all loved their gifts and began to play with them. We got J's mom new work out clothes and sneakers since she joined a gym recently, watch, and the scrapbook of the trip we all took to Canada and Niagara falls back in October. The scrapbook was a hit she loved it. J and I got from her a nice 5x 7 photograph of the wharf in Galway, Ireland which she brought back from her recent trip there and a sports package for the Wii that includes the tennis racket, golf club and various attachments for the Wii. The rest of the evening we all enjoyed playing board games and the Wii of course. We all arrived back at our house around 9:00 pm and hit the bed since we were all tired and J and Brian both had to go to work early today. All in all it was a nice Christmas. We did however miss J's dad deeply this year and it just was not the same without him and his contagious blusterous laugh he was known for.

Today I am hanging out around the house enjoying the quiet with the dogs. I am trying to stay busy to keep my mind off of snacking. I went to the nutritionist last Tuesday. We went over a plan for me to get me started on my weight loss goal. So since Tuesday I have been doing protein shakes ( a recipe she gave me) 4 times a day and 4 -6 cups of raw veggies a day. So far it has gone well except for the meal I had Christmas eve and Christmas day which she factored in knowing I would not want to do only shakes those days. I also drink lots of water throughout the day. I see her again on Tuesday to go over our next plan which I will do 3 shakes a day and a healthy meal. She also checked my resting metabolism which she said was about average. Once I start eating she will set up a calorie intake amt and a balance of carbs, protein and fats for my daily intake which I will track online for her to see. I think it will work for me I just have to stick with it. Having a baby is something I want more than anything and for me to be healthy and able to do it I have to change and I will do whatever it takes. J is being very supportive in this for me. She plans to start eating healthier also. One day at the time that's what I plan to do.

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