Thursday, December 29, 2011
It Was The Best of Christmases
Distant view of snow-capped Mt. LeConte from Chestnut Top Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - December 28, 2011
It has been a wonderful Christmas season in every sense of the word. Our past three Christmases have been difficult at best and we decided on Thanksgiving evening that this one would be different. We have embraced the season and its message of love, peace and joy with everything we have. We chose to focus on giving, loving, serving, enjoying nature and finding new ways to celebrate what Christmas is all about without giving in to the lure of commercialism, overspending, overindulgence and any other thing that tries to overtake our minds leading us AWAY from the true meaning of Christmas and into sadness, depression and LOTS OF DEBT!!
We took a short trip to Nashville to celebrate the end of Mr. B's very successful semester.....................
Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
December 19, 2011
We entertained MANY times including hosting Christmas dinner for my family. Each table setting was different, but this was the two themes..................................
We enjoyed time with family......................................
That's my sister on the left and niece on the right!
A really good picture of everyone EXCEPT me! My excuse is I didn't have long to get from behind the camera into the photo!!
Link, my niece's dog, enjoyed Christmas from his "throne" where he ISN'T supposed to be!!
I have hiked, and hiked, and HIKED!
Abrams Falls Trail - GSMNP - December 2, 2011
Lumber Ridge Trail - GSMNP - December 12, 2011
Laurel Falls Trail - GSMNP - December 17, 2011
Gatlinburg and Twin Creek Trails - GSMNP - December 23, 2011
Turkeypen Ridge, SchoolhouseGap, Chestnut Top Trails - GSMNP
December 28, 2011
Yes, I WILL reach my secondary hiking goal of 350 miles in 2011!
I have no pictures to document it, but I am happy to say that I have navigated this holiday season without straying from the 17-day Diet which I began following on the day after Thanksgiving. I completed Cycle 2 - Activate yesterday and enter Cycle 3 - Achieve today. Much more about this in upcoming January posts, but this one has clicked, does not feel like a diet, IS something that can be sustained for a lifetime and just feels right for me. Obviously, the weight loss slowed during Cycle 2, but I would have been concerned if it hadn't. The important thing is that I did continue to lose slowly and I remained true to the plan.
I am looking forward to the new year with great anticipation and excitement. I'll be back on Monday with more.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MR. B and ME!!