So happy- nay, relieved - to be back in the office for the day. There has been far too much consumption over the last ten days, and I'm fed up (literally) and worn out! This year has been better than most others - there have been lots more walks (JTM has even been hitting the gym pre-dawn), a lot less meals out, and even a little crafting time with the MIL (Yes! We've been doing CRAFTS!), but it still all feels like too much.
Every year I seem to fall into the trap of using that time between Christmas and the end of holidays as some sort of dietary and consumer free-for-all - a last hurrah of spending and bingeing, before the rigor of broke-ness and New Years resolutions begins. And every year I end up with a lot of extra pounds and merchandise that I just didn't need!
This year, fortunately, the whole holiday consumption machine will grind to a halt a few days early as John's mom is going home on the 31st. I've got a bag set up in the corner of the bedroom for the "many happy returns" - stuff I bought on impulse during the Boxing Week sales and will return on Jan 2, and I'm primed to hit the gym and get back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon ASAP. This is the first year that I feel like I will be working to get back to something, rather than trying to start something. I've made great progress this past year on the exercise and weight loss front (38 pounds down, only 25 to go!), so as the holidays wind down and 2010 arrives, I'll just be falling back into old habits rather than trying to develop new ones. What a great place to be!