Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings!

I’m taking a break from dieting, healthy eating, & weigh-ins until January 4th. Who’s with me!?! πŸ€ͺ

No, no, no! I’m just kidding. Stick with your program. I’m sure it’s working better than mine & I wouldn’t want to draw you into my patch of quicksand!

Whatever & however you celebrate, I want to share all the peace, joy & happiness that we can enjoy together at this time of year.
Have a safe & wonderful holiday.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings!

12 Things About Christmas

Once upon a time …

Though it’s not really that long ago, it’s amazing how much the things & the work surrounding the Christmas festivities have changed.

Can you add to this list?

  1. Where did we find the time to write 50, 60, maybe even closer to 100 Christmas cards? By hand even? And we had to lick the stamps! Yuck!
  2. There was a time when the Amazon was only a river & a rainforest. Now we don’t even have to leave home to shop.
  3. Expecting a CD or vinyl under the tree? Now we get an email with a gift subscription link to a streaming music service.
  4. We had no other choice but to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Christmas Day.
  5. Remember how long it took to find that one dead bulb that kept the tree lights dark?
  6. On Christmas morning, we had to light the fire with paper, kindling & matches. That sounds so Dickensian! LOL
  7. We got up at 5am to start preparing the Christmas dinner. Now we slap the pre-cooked turkey & ham into the oven 45 minutes before eating.
  8. Our local church streams its services. Is that okay, do you think!?! Unless the kids are young, of course, then there’s no choice but to go to the crowded children’s mass. And yeah, that takes about two hours!
  9. Hey priest & choir master … we used to know the words to those old “greatest hits” Christmas hymns!
  10. Used to be that I’d go through the entire festive season without even thinking about the bathroom scale!
  11. Can’t believe there was a time I was disgusted by the thought of having Christmas dinner on the beach!
  12. Imagine there was a time when Christmas was all about God ‘n’ love for each other ‘n’ mushy stuff like that?

Fortunately, it still is. I still see it everywhere, when I take the time to look. In the faces of family & friends when we shake hands & hug, exchanging the spirit of the season. In the local supermarket, when people drop a bag of groceries into the donation bin for those in greater need. In the Salvation Army baubles, bulging with cash donations at this time of year. In a million little ways, so many, regardless of religious beliefs, do a little more. We seems to find a little more of our humanity around this time of year.

There ought to be an app for that!

I may occasionally look back, with nostalgia, on the good old days but, to be honest, I like all the new stuff. And the new ways. I’m just grateful that we seem to have managed to preserve the spirit of, & that’s the best of, the old ways too.

I would like to wish you, & all those you hold dear, a very Merry Christmas. May whatever light that’s lights your way, shine brighter throughout this holiday.

Thank you for reading my stuff throughout 2019. I promise I’ll diet better in 2020. But forgive me if I overindulge during the holidays!

Merry Christmas to all! πŸ™πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ

Results … Month #6

Results … Month #6 (Down 35.8 lbs)Results Month 6

Happy New Year to all. May 2019 bring you nothing but the best of times!

Mind you, I’m not too happy starting out the new year myself, this morning. I’m down another 2 lbs this past month. A month that included the challenge of settling in to a new home, AND the Christmas holiday binge season. Yes, I’m down 2 lbs. But it could have been so much better.

It seems like I couldn’t stop myself eating garbage for the past week or so. The closer I came to the monthly results day, the worse things got. I was trying to justify my behavior on the grounds that if all the bad stuff was gone, I might get off to a great start in the new year. But I managed to change all that for the worse when I went shopping yesterday!

The only new year’s resolution that I’ve successfully managed to keep in recent years is the one where I resolved not to make any more new year’s resolutions! Despite sticking with that philosophy, I still feel like I ought to be doing something bigger, better & bolder on January 1st each year. In anticipation of that, I thought we’d try something different, something a little more diet-friendly, for the New Year’s Day dinner today. We decided to go with the traditional Irish meal (North American version!) of corned beef and cabbage. With potatoes, of course. That should work well with my dietary ambitions. I could reduce the number of potatoes. And I could devour a whole pot of cabbage if I wanted. Of course everything would be heavily buttered too.

We went shopping for the beef brisket yesterday. Now you probably won’t believe this but all the Christmas chocolate was on sale too. Half off! Seriously, who could resist? I’ve loaded up on those delicious Swiss chocolate balls. Some holiday-sized slabs of those English chocolate bars that I grew up with. And some other silver-wrapped Christmas chocolate figures, they were just so cute. I really looked hard for the dark chocolate versions of all those items. But they must have been very popular for the holidays, they were all sold out! πŸ˜‰

Already, in my head, I’m writing excuse for next month’s results. I don’t know what else to say!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

But really … losing weight, even just a little, over the Christmas holiday is good. Isn’t it!?! LOL

 

 

Shameless Self-Promotion!

Shameless Self-Promotion!For a Man or a Dog

Just in time for Christmas & the holiday season, I cut the price of my book … “For a Man or a Dog” on Amazon. I’ve read it & I think it’s great. I highly recommend it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

About one third of the stories in this collection should give you a chuckle, another third will bore you to death, and the rest fall somewhere in between! Hey, I might as well be honest but I still think it’s worth the price for the good ones. Go get yourself a copy. Or pick one up as a stocking-stuffer for that friend with an interest in Ireland & things Irish. If you do get around to reading it, please review it on Amazon. Unless you think it’s awful. In which case, just skip that step!

For those who follow my weight-loss exploits, some of the stories might give you an inkling as to why I got fat in the first place! My Mammy’s Irish food was really good! πŸ™‚

The Kindle version is down around 60% & the paperback is downΒ around 20%. Wish I could do more with the paperback but the printing cost is the primary driver on that one. The new pricing is in effect on all the regional Amazon sites (Americas, EU & Asia) that it’s available on.

I also clicked a box for “other distribution”. I have no idea what happens with that but Amazon says it makes the hard copy version available for purchase by libraries & bookstores. Needless to say, there aren’t a line-up of libraries & book stores that were waiting for me to do this but if you happen to know of a library or a book store that might want to carry a copy of something with an Irish interest, could you let them know.

And could you please share this post with your friends for me. Especially those with Irish connections, or those that might have a trip to Ireland on their bucket list.

Thank you.

Paul