December 18, 2009

FAT Friday & Editing Recap


This hasn't been my best week--in any area of life. Most of my woes can be attributed to Christmas and lack of time, really, that is just an excuse.

I've been to five parties with tons of yummy food. Now I can resist good food and yummy desserts during the year, but at Christmas, my will power goes out the window. Who can resist those sugar cookies shaped like snowmen and frosted up so cute? Sigh...I only get them once a year, right? Well, when I weighed in last night, I had gained. Not just one pound. No, I gained a whopping FOUR pounds! A bit embarrassing, but this week I am going to do better. I AM!

I've gotten home late every night this week too, which hasn't helped my eating. There have been activities that have kept me out until 8 or 9 p.m. and that is way to0 late to have any brain power for editing. So, I haven't edited much at all. I did do a couple of critiques, but haven't worked much on my own wip.

Of course, there is the area of my spiritual life. I always think that "this year" I am going to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and not get so stressed out by the busyness of December. I know you are laughing at me, but it's true. I want to feel it deep in my soul... the wonder and glory of this Season. I want to be awed by the beauty of the holiday and be enveloped by the warmth that being with family gives me. So, I'm trying to not rush through my quiet times, but sit and really listen. I'm not sure what for, but I hope I can maybe hear a whisper calling to my heart.

So how has your week been? Are you ready for Christmas? Are you stressed or have you found meaning during this busy time? Are you getting any writing accomplished?


17 comments:

  1. I was stressed until last week when I had a breakdown in the toy store! Now that I forgiven myself for being human and procrastinating- everything that matters is in perspective.

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  2. I've gotten absolutely ZERO done with writing, editing, reading, blogging (okay, I did a little blogging catch up last night, but not much). But today, I finally get to breathe a little. But only a little. I plan to do a little blogging and hopefully, a little more than that with writing and editing.

    Sorry about the gain, Sherrinda. It is so hard this time of year. I'm also planning to hit the gym today for the first time in a while.

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  3. I think December is a good month to lower our expectations for both writing and life. We can't hope to accomplish nearly as much with all of the traditions and season fun. If we place too much pressure upon ourselves, then it becomes really hard to soak in the deeper meaning of Christmas, don't you think?

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  4. AWwwwwww! We all have those weeks, and kudos for you for making your quiet time a priority. I'm working on that as well, and while not perfect, I'm doing a little better.

    And I am SO SO SO glad I'm not the one one who's gained wait! Not that I wish weight gain on anyone, but I'm highly disgusted with myself. I still refuse to diet this time of the year, but I've renewed my quest to "limit" the quantity of the bad things I eat. Then after the holidays, this girl is getting back on track!

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  5. Me and you both! This week I've resisted pizza, cupcakes, brownies, chocolate candy (TONS), and more...and yet still I've ended up gaining a pound. I guess I munched a tiny bit but I deserve to lose weight or at least maintain just based on how much willpower I've exhibited!

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  6. Five parties? Wow! Yes, December is def. the busiest month on record for me too. Just goes to show all the best intentions don't really mean a thing. There's always January, right?

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  7. Sherrinda, I'm not laughing at all. I want to experience that feeling deep in my soul too. I think I need to hide during this time of year, though, to do so.

    Allow yourself this break, and try and enjoy some of the wonders of this miraculous season. That's what I'm trying to do.

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  8. Well, I love that picture. And don't be hard on yourself. Everyone has trouble with all the goodies this time of year. You're still doing great!

    Christmas has me consumed. Between school programs and activities, the church program (which my husband and I are in charge of this year), family parties we're hosting, and shopping, it's been killer! One by one, though, my tasks are getting knocked off the list, and it feels good.

    Merry Christmas, Sherrinda!

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  9. Hey, Sherrinda. I'm helping decorate for a major Christmas party and am pretty excited about it. That's fun... but I'm currently looking for a place to live and raising the support to live there, so that's not as fun. It's been a lot of stress, but I'm really trusting God to provide what I need in every moment. You know what, He is! And it's helping me focus on Him this Christmas season.

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  10. It was a humdinger of a week for me, too! I was feeling really guily over my lack of exercise and my indulgence of chocolate. Last night I finally got my buns on the treadmill. Funny how a short workout can change my attitude.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  11. Christmas for me is a time of extreme liberty. The year brings so many of it's own parameters, I figure that a few weeks of randomness is a gift I can give myself.

    I have the rest of the year to beat myself up.

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  12. Tamika, YIKES! A toy store! I am really glad my kiddos are past that stage. ;)

    Heather, you and me both! I hope you can get alot accomplished today! Between blogging and writing/editing, there is much to do!

    Jody, you are absolutely right. We can't do it all and when we try, we lose the true reason for this Christmas season.

    Krista, I shouldn't be surprised that I gained, but I had been doing so well! It shocked me how easily I slipped back into my old habits. It also opened my eyes to the fact that this is really going to need to become a lifestyle. I have to learn to deal with sweets and temptations for the rest of my life! :) Here's to a new year!

    T.Anne, I had the best of intentions to 1) not eat so much 2) not do so much and 3) not spend so much. So far #3 is all I've accomplished. And yes, here's to a new year! :)

    Eileen, Yes! I need a hole to crawl into to escape it all! I wish I could get the balance that I need. So, I will do as you say, give myself a break, and enjoy what I can!

    Janna, wow, you sound busy! Isn't it good to be able to mark things off you list? I love it when everything is done and you can relax and BREATHE once again!

    Kristen, you poor thing! I would hate to have to look for housing this time of year. So many major decisions! But God will lead you to the right place, perfect for His plan.

    Jill, I should probably go work out but I think the shock to my system would kill be dead on the spot! lol I LOVED the pictures on your blog today! OH MY!!!!

    Sande, well said! I love the idea of randomness this month! :)

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  13. Yes, I'm getting writing done. Yes, I feel slightly stressed. Yes, I am completely avoiding my Christmas to-do list, in hopes that it will magically disappear. I'm trying hard to keep my focus where it should be. Yay for your 3 week break! I can't believe you have 3 weeks!!

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  14. Hi Sherrinda -

    I'm still working on the devotional, blogging, and preparing for a Christmas sign language special. The last event may or may not happen due to an approaching storm tomorrow.

    Shopping - done. Wrapping - done. Cards - almost done. Packing - next week.

    I've eaten enough chocolate to fill Willie Wonka's factory. LOL!

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  15. I'm confessing to no writing, except for blogging for a couple of weeks now. My hubby was in the hospital for a couple of days and that kept me busy along with many follow up medical visits. He's fine...thank God!! Now I need to recover!!

    Oldest son and two granddaughters arriving in the morning from MA and will be here for several days of holiday celebrating. Is it too early for New Year resolutions to write every day???!!! LOL!!!

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  16. I think my week was like yours. Only two parties (with way too much temptation present at each and the scale to prove it).

    But, my biggest problem was the "part-time" job (aka 15 hours a week) that traditionally dries up in December giving me lots of time to enjoy the season ... well, it dumped 35 hours on me this week with a projected 30 each for the next two weeks.

    I am STRESSED. Nothing new written and nothing edited. No presents wrapped. No Christmas cookies baked.

    However, I'm scheduling time to focus on what really matters. And singing in our choir this weekend should help (especially with an amazing orchestra backing us up).

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  17. this is a very bad time to lose weight, so don't feel so bad about it. Two people have given me home made candy and cookies in tins. I have been stressed this week because my father in law passed away, he was a wonderful man and will be missed. I've kinda taken December off as far as my writing goes, but I think I am about ready for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you!

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