Christmas Success

What a successful Christmas! I survived it. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year with all the traditions, Christmas carols, food, drink, friends and family. I decided this Christmas not to worry about my eating, drinking and working out. I decided that this week was going to be stressful enough without putting any added pressure on myself. I am going to enjoy some favorite foods and some wine.  And if I can work out and run, that will be an added bonus.

Christmas Eve is always a special time for me.  I look forward to this day all year long.  I can always count on my family being together for this festive evening.  This year I decided to  make a Camastro traditional Italian dinner.  We started out with appetizers from Viviano’s Market with salami, prosciutto, three different kinds of olives and an assortment of cheeses. We also had toasted ravioli with homemade meat sauce. The dinner was rovallini which is a breaded swiss steak simmered for several hours in a marinara sauce. We had mashed potatoes and Italian bread. Our vegetables were roasted brussell sprouts and peas. Both vegetables were sauteed in olive oil, garlic and onions. And my dinners are never complete without a tossed salad with olive oil and vinegar. Our dinner was accompanied by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. For dessert we had Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur, Christmas cookies and my favorite, peppermint ice cream. It was so delicious. And I enjoyed every morsel that went into my mouth.

I did go into the holidays with a plan.  I decided that I would bake the cookies, eat a few and throw out the rest. Which I did. I also will be freezing all the leftover Rovallini for later dinners. Rovallini is definitely not a low calorie meal. And I know John will enjoy the future meals. The bread will be eaten not by me. I enjoyed the bread on Christmas Eve but for now I can do without it. The meat sauce will also make it’s way to the freezer for future meals. I am actually looking forward to Spaghetti Squash with my tasty meat sauce.

The gift giving is always the highlight of the evening. I got some presents that will definitely help me in my future workouts. I received a kettle bell and I just can’t wait to try it out. You tube is filled with kettle bell workouts. I also got some ear buds for when I run. These buds will not fall out of my ears because they lock into your ears.  I also got a head band made for runners that is thin but will keep my ears warm. I got a darling ornament of a girl runner. Who would have thought that I would receive a workout anything. And my favorite gift was a collage with my Turkey Trot running number and favorite photos. It made me cry.  The gift was so thoughtful.

And I gave myself the best gift of all. I have lost so far 43 pounds.  And my doctor took me off of   my blood pressure medicine.   So I definitely think the Christmas of 2013 was a total success.