November 2020 W.I.S.H. Thread - The Beginning of a New Adventure

PollyannaMom

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I am definitely a "focus on the positive" girl (sometimes to a fault) - hence the screenname. :teeth:

I've actually struggled with guilt a little during the pandemic, because I am also a huge introvert - and that means more time at home has been a lot easier for me than I know it has been for many others. I really do still want it to end, though!
 

Oneanne

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Someone I follow on IG posted "choose Joy" a couple days ago and I've been thinking about it ever since. Knowing that it is important to feel all the feelings, how does that fit with intentionally choosing to be joyful? I've landed with "choose joy" being my resting place, the setting I'm in when I'm in neutral and it's the place I'll go back to when I work thru the other emotions. It is not protective blanket to hide under, the key is to feel and process.

This is a super short week for me as I have Weds and Fri off - woohoo! I'm working in the kitchen today so it already feels like a holiday. I'm still working on setting up the new desk... it is slightly different proportions than I thought so I'm really looking at the entire room and how I want to set it up. I like being at the front of the house and being able to see what is going on outside but I don't want to do this long term.
 

Summer2018

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I am definitely a "focus on the positive" girl (sometimes to a fault) - hence the screenname. :teeth:

I've actually struggled with guilt a little during the pandemic, because I am also a huge introvert - and that means more time at home has been a lot easier for me than I know it has been for many others. I really do still want it to end, though!
I'm a total extrovert, but like you, I am a homebody. I get to teach from home today and tomorrow. This morning went well, and I'm looking forward to this afternoon's session. We had torrential rain this morning, and the commute would have been a mess. So nice to be home, safe and dry. Now the sun is coming out.:sunny:
 

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Topic Tuesday: Why You Seriously Don't Need to Worry About All the Calories on Thanksgiving

Go ahead and savor every bite of the mashed potatoes. And the stuffing. And the pumpkin pie.


"I tell people all the time, if you're looking forward to Thanksgiving, or any special occasion dining experience, go all out. Eat what you want. Then get back up on the horse again," says Liz Weinandy, RD, a nutritionist with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. One single indulgent meal—even one whole day of high-calorie eating is "absolutely not going to destroy anyone's metabolism, cause them to gain some tremendous amount of weight, or ruin longer-term goals," says Weinandy. To gain a notable amount of weight, you'd need to continuously consume more calories than your body can burn over the course of several days.

Craig Primack, MD, an obesity medicine specialist at the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center in Arizona, agrees that one big meal isn't enough to cause a noticeable physical difference or weight fluctuation. “What really matters, says Dr. Primack, is how Thanksgiving influences your behavior in the following days. It's about the bigger picture, not the one meal. Swapping grandma's famous creamy, buttery mashed potatoes for cauliflower mash sounds like a fantastic idea!" says no one.

Make a conscious decision to hit pause on your health-focused ways to actually enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, and then press play again once the night is over.
 
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Summer2018

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Topic Tuesday: Why You Seriously Don't Need to Worry About All the Calories on Thanksgiving

Go ahead and savor every bite of the mashed potatoes. And the stuffing. And the pumpkin pie.


"I tell people all the time, if you're looking forward to Thanksgiving, or any special occasion dining experience, go all out. Eat what you want. Then get back up on the horse again," says Liz Weinandy, RD, a nutritionist with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. One single indulgent meal—even one whole day of high-calorie eating is "absolutely not going to destroy anyone's metabolism, cause them to gain some tremendous amount of weight, or ruin longer-term goals," says Weinandy. To gain a notable amount of weight, you'd need to continuously consume more calories than your body can burn over the course of several days.

Craig Primack, MD, an obesity medicine specialist at the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center in Arizona, agrees that one big meal isn't enough to cause a noticeable physical difference or weight fluctuation. “What really matters, says Dr. Primack, is how Thanksgiving influences your behavior in the following days. It's about the bigger picture, not the one meal. Swapping grandma's famous creamy, buttery mashed potatoes for cauliflower mash sounds like a fantastic idea!" says no one.


Make a conscious decision to hit pause on your health-focused ways to actually enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, and then press play again once the night is over.
This article really resonated with me. It took me a very long time to get over the "all or nothing" kind of thinking. In the past, if I had a treat or "cheated on my diet," it would throw me off for days and even weeks. I've learned how to give up that mind-set, mainly through Noom.

How about you? How will you handle Thanksgiving?
 

MickeyMom76

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I plan to enjoy Thanksgiving (but not over indulge). My problem is that my mom finds out what everyone likes and then she feels the need to always make it. So there is almost a whole dessert per person. I love pumpkin pie and her recipe makes 3 pies. So I enjoy it on Thanksgiving. Then I end up bringing home a whole pie (in addition to pieces of everyone else’s favorite dessert in my house).
 

MickeyMom76

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I'm a total extrovert, but like you, I am a homebody. I get to teach from home today and tomorrow. This morning went well, and I'm looking forward to this afternoon's session. We had torrential rain this morning, and the commute would have been a mess. So nice to be home, safe and dry. Now the sun is coming out.:sunny:
Our high school is virtual so far this week due to teacher shortage. Unfortunately a group of parents put together a Homecoming dance for the kids since the school wasn’t doing one. Pictures were posted of the kids not wearing masks. So I’m addition to any teachers who were already planning to be out or teachers who are in quarantine, there are several calling out due to fear of community spread of the virus. Almost daily I get an email that another student has tested positive for COVID. So I’m happy my kids are home working virtually this week (we don’t know for sure about tomorrow, but I’m assuming). As for me, our building is still open. So I’m up and getting ready for another day.
 
  • PollyannaMom

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    How about you? How will you handle Thanksgiving?
    I love the advice to not worry about one day! (And I don't!) There will be fewer sides this year, as it's just my little family of three, so I'm only making our favorites. I haven't completely decided on the desserts yet, but I'm thinking cookies, cherry pie, and chocolate candies.
     

    Oneanne

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    This goes hand-in-hand with other things I've been reading about food shaming and undoing the food-is-bad training we've been given.

    For my singleton Thanksgiving I have a small bone-in breast, which should give me 4 or 5 days of leftovers. I'll make stuffing, cream corn (which I haven't had in 20 some years), carrots and cranberries. I'll be taking half the pie I bought to my Niece, so that's just a "few" pieces for me. I pick up the pie and put the turkey in the brine this afternoon, so the holiday officially starts today.

    Big plans for my time off? Last week when I was doing one of my beach-loop drives I realized there's a park on the industrial harborside that I've never been to, so tomorrow I'll stop there for a walk. Turkey will get cooked tomorrow afternoon, so I'll go ahead and cook up the other things as well and have first Thanksgiving. Thursday morning I head over to PT for the hike followed by tea and pie on the back deck, then back home for left-overs and second Thanksgiving. Friday, Saturday and Sunday I'll go somewhere for some outside time, I just really feel the need to be out right now. Yesterday I even spent time raking up leaves.
     

    piglet1979

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    I don't worry about the day of holiday's. I love my Thanksgiving dinner foods. Not as much the desserts. This year though I am making a chocolate cream pie for me. I am the only one that eats it. When we all get together others will eat it too. Just no one in my house. I am also going to make a cherry and blueberry pie. They will be separate put I got a pan that has a divider so it will be one pie spit into two different pies. I am also going to try my hand at peanut butter fudge. Jeff's grandma usually buys it from a friend and brings it. I will also eat a lot of stuffing and mashed potatoes.

    Our high school is virtual so far this week due to teacher shortage. Unfortunately a group of parents put together a Homecoming dance for the kids since the school wasn’t doing one. Pictures were posted of the kids not wearing masks. So I’m addition to any teachers who were already planning to be out or teachers who are in quarantine, there are several calling out due to fear of community spread of the virus. Almost daily I get an email that another student has tested positive for COVID. So I’m happy my kids are home working virtually this week (we don’t know for sure about tomorrow, but I’m assuming). As for me, our building is still open. So I’m up and getting ready for another day.
    Our district has now gone fully remote until Jan 4th. If numbers continue I think this will be extended too. Right now it is because of staff shortage. We had 8 staff yesterday that tested positive. Most coming from one of the elementary school. They have like 5 from yesterday and last week they had 6. My mom's school has the high school going remote and the whole 4th and 5th grade classes at one of the schools. The middle schools is having the biggest issue though. She said the 7th grade is being hit the hardest. It is a building for 6-8th grades. My mom teachers 7th. She thinks they will not go fully remote unless forces to because it is a brand new building. They had 3 middle schools and just built 1 big school. It just fully opened in earlier this month. The 8th was in a different building for the start.

    Yesterday our count in Ohio was 11,886. This is a bit off because over the weekend a few labs didn't send their numbers. Our numbers have been off for about a week now. They are tracing a lot of this back to Halloween parties, weddings and funeral. My neighbors had a huge party a week ago. Cars lined up down the street, loud music and yelling. I could hear them in my house with windows closed yelling "Chug, Chug, Chug". They also have people every Sunday for the football game. People around here seem to have given up. I see so many parties on facebook. I fear what our count will be in a few weeks.
     

    Summer2018

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    I don't worry about the day of holiday's. I love my Thanksgiving dinner foods. Not as much the desserts. This year though I am making a chocolate cream pie for me. I am the only one that eats it. When we all get together others will eat it too. Just no one in my house. I am also going to make a cherry and blueberry pie. They will be separate put I got a pan that has a divider so it will be one pie spit into two different pies. I am also going to try my hand at peanut butter fudge. Jeff's grandma usually buys it from a friend and brings it. I will also eat a lot of stuffing and mashed potatoes.



    Our district has now gone fully remote until Jan 4th. If numbers continue I think this will be extended too. Right now it is because of staff shortage. We had 8 staff yesterday that tested positive. Most coming from one of the elementary school. They have like 5 from yesterday and last week they had 6. My mom's school has the high school going remote and the whole 4th and 5th grade classes at one of the schools. The middle schools is having the biggest issue though. She said the 7th grade is being hit the hardest. It is a building for 6-8th grades. My mom teachers 7th. She thinks they will not go fully remote unless forces to because it is a brand new building. They had 3 middle schools and just built 1 big school. It just fully opened in earlier this month. The 8th was in a different building for the start.

    Yesterday our count in Ohio was 11,886. This is a bit off because over the weekend a few labs didn't send their numbers. Our numbers have been off for about a week now. They are tracing a lot of this back to Halloween parties, weddings and funeral. My neighbors had a huge party a week ago. Cars lined up down the street, loud music and yelling. I could hear them in my house with windows closed yelling "Chug, Chug, Chug". They also have people every Sunday for the football game. People around here seem to have given up. I see so many parties on facebook. I fear what our count will be in a few weeks.
    Your plan for Thanksgiving sounds great.

    I’m very sorry to hear that people have essentially given up. I’m surrounded by foolish people as well which just causes me and my family to be even more cautious. Other than my school building and the gas station, I am home.
     
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    I don't worry about the day of holiday's. I love my Thanksgiving dinner foods. Not as much the desserts. This year though I am making a chocolate cream pie for me. I am the only one that eats it. When we all get together others will eat it too. Just no one in my house. I am also going to make a cherry and blueberry pie. They will be separate put I got a pan that has a divider so it will be one pie spit into two different pies. I am also going to try my hand at peanut butter fudge. Jeff's grandma usually buys it from a friend and brings it. I will also eat a lot of stuffing and mashed potatoes.



    Our district has now gone fully remote until Jan 4th. If numbers continue I think this will be extended too. Right now it is because of staff shortage. We had 8 staff yesterday that tested positive. Most coming from one of the elementary school. They have like 5 from yesterday and last week they had 6. My mom's school has the high school going remote and the whole 4th and 5th grade classes at one of the schools. The middle schools is having the biggest issue though. She said the 7th grade is being hit the hardest. It is a building for 6-8th grades. My mom teachers 7th. She thinks they will not go fully remote unless forces to because it is a brand new building. They had 3 middle schools and just built 1 big school. It just fully opened in earlier this month. The 8th was in a different building for the start.

    Yesterday our count in Ohio was 11,886. This is a bit off because over the weekend a few labs didn't send their numbers. Our numbers have been off for about a week now. They are tracing a lot of this back to Halloween parties, weddings and funeral. My neighbors had a huge party a week ago. Cars lined up down the street, loud music and yelling. I could hear them in my house with windows closed yelling "Chug, Chug, Chug". They also have people every Sunday for the football game. People around here seem to have given up. I see so many parties on facebook. I fear what our count will be in a few weeks.
    Our numbers are also off because reporting is behind. And altho they were telling people to test as close to Thanksgiving as possible, it is taking 3 to 4 days to get most results back so that meant testing over the weekend... except the test sites are overwhelmed so good luck actually getting a test. What a cluster.
     

    glss1/2fll

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    I never worry about a holiday meal. It's just a meal, not a lifetime!

    Pretty sure it will just be me and DH for Thanksgiving. I have a turkey, but don't think I will cook it then. Maybe the next day. Truthfullly I can't think beyond the fact that the twins will be gone. I am so relieved! Dealing with Twin2's rehab is so frustrating! I get so angry at him and his parents for raising such a fearful child! I'm tired of him bursting into tears when asked to push himself just the teensiest bit. It breaks my heart. Time away will be awesome.

    DS2 is flying home tomorrow. He called in a bit of a panic just a bit ago because his airline app told him that his connecting flight has been canceled. Since we told him it was past his bedtime and he was super tired, to just go to sleep and all would be figured out by the time he got to the airport. Fingers crossed!
     

    Oneanne

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    Woohoo... let the holiday commence.

    Once again I forgot that you have to boil and cool the brine before putting the turkey in, so it didn’t start bringing until 8pm. But it is so small that I’m going to go ahead and start cooking it around 3pm any

    Monday night was tough as Ester had another bout of poopy butt and I was up thru out the night cleaning up and trying to comfort her. But it passed quickly and last night we all got a snuggly solid nights sleep.

    Today I’m getting my Christmas present to myself, a new Pro-max 12 iPhone. Merry Christmas to me!
     


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