Good morning and Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a happy, safe New Years and are ready to start another year. We didn't go any place for New Year's Eve, which is "normal" for us. We're usually in bed before 10:00 pm and this year was no different. Some neighbors had some really pretty fireworks that we were able to watch from our bedroom and/or living room windows, so that was nice.
I took the Christmas tree down on Friday and started the year off yesterday, working in my shop. I've been promising myself that once we got through Christmas, I'd make myself a pen and pencil. So I got those done and they both turned out really well. I'll turn my attention to other things now. I do have several birthday cards to make before the end of the month and even a Christmas gift left to buy.
I haven't made any New Year's resolutions, but I am really making an effort to eat better and less. In some ways, it's almost easier that so many things cause acid reflux/GERD because I just know I'm going to have issues if I eat certain things. I did mention that homemade whipped cream would have to come off my list to eat; however, last night, we had strawberries with heavy cream on them and that didn't bother me at all. It appears that there are variations of things that might work, so I'll have to experiment a little bit.
I cleaned out the refrigerator yesterday, so there are no more traces of Christmas left-overs so there's no temptation from them any longer. Our daughter gave my husband a large box of chocolate for Christmas. Apparently, his taste buds have "changed" again, and he was in a "no chocolate" mode, so guess who gets the chocolate bars?? The person who doesn't tolerate them well... lol Anyway, I've found that if I eat 1/2 a bar instead of a whole one, I'm probably okay if I do it early enough in the day. I can almost certainly get by with 1/4 of a bar unless it's right at bedtime, so I guess, I'll get through them - maybe by July!! :-) Actually, husband has been eating 1/2 - 3/4 of each one, so he's not completely out of chocolate mode. Anyway, I'm not a big chocolate eater, so having a couple squares certainly quells the craving when it does hit.
So now, I'm back to having my weight jump all over the place... 2 weeks ago, I was down by a couple of pounds, earlier in this week, I was up by 4 lbs; today I'm back down by 3, so I guess that's a gain of about a pound. I know most of the fluctuation is fluid, so I'm not real concerned - I just wish it didn't bounce around so much. I tried to do a few simple exercises yesterday and my legs, immediately, began to cramp up. I guess I'll have to start super slow and try to get my muscles more used to being exercised before I get into a lot of activity or I'll end up being sore, which will cause even less exercise.
So - how was your New Year's? Did you make any resolutions? If so, were they weight related? I'm interested to know how others fared over the holiday weeks.
~~Wishing everyone a wonderful, successful week and entire New Year~~
**Stay safe and wash your hands**