AIM: Letters to Santa

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Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well as to your staff–both elfin and hooved. I hope you’re all doing well!

I’ve had a good year but not extra good, so my wish list this year is focused on things I think will help me manage my weight well. Or at least have more fun with the process. (You’ll also be getting letters from my sister AIM writers, and I hope you’ll be able to help them out after you finish with my wishes!

My Weighty Christmas Wish List

Exercise Shoes – You might have seen my blog post earlier this year that highlighted the sad state of my walking shoes. Well, my gym shoes are almost as bad, only the holes are on top and not on the soles. I’ve “made do” with C9 walking shoes from Target, and while they’re great for short walks, they don’t do so well for the longer walks. I would love to find a pair of Asics walking shoes or gym shoes in my stocking. Either of these will do nicely:

asics two pair of workout shoes

Fitbit – I’m a fairly active person, as you know, but I can’t help but wonder if I’m as active as I think I am. (Does that make sense?) A Fitbit will help me keep track of my activity level. Any of the Fitbits would be nice, but I like the Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex the most. (Yes, I know I’ve been doing just fine without it,

Workout Shirts That Don’t Fit – You may not know this, but most women’s workout tops seem to be fitted and/or too short and/or cap-sleeved or sleeveless. The problem is that some of us don’t have bodies that suit that style of shirt, if you know what I mean. (I’m not judging!) As luck would have it, I recently saw a cute commercial for these longtail t-shirts that would fix the length problem, but they don’t have moisture wicking. And then there’s the C9 shirts from Target that are semi-fitted (meh) but look at those cap sleeves. All I want is a loose-fitting, short-sleeved (midway between elbow and shoulder) shirt that covers my squish belly. Any color will do. Except orange, because I don’t look cute in orange and we all know how important it is to look cute at the gym.

Kitchen Appliances – Do you remember the Easy Bake Oven you brought me back in 19-whatever? This wish is practically the same thing. (Btw, I loved that oven and frequently blame credit you with my love of home-baked goods!)

my sad kitchenThis is my kitchen in its early reno phase. Yes, it’s functional, and YES, I’m fortunate to have it. I get that. But do I enjoy spending time in it? No, I don’t. Would I maybe enjoy making my healthy, home-cooked meals in an updated kitchen? Oh, yes!

But I’m not asking for the entire kitchen (unless, you know, you just wanted to gift me with that–see my Pinterest boards for ideas). I’d just like to get started with a new cooktop and double wall oven. And maybe a new over-the-counter microwave. I don’t even care if they’re previously owned if they’re in good condition! In fact, it occurs to me that you probably have access to Craigslists the world over!

If this list seems a wee bit greedy ambitious, an alternate idea might be for you to hire me as one of your virtual assistants and then I can buy these items for myself! Just a thought!

And that’s my list, Santa. Only four items, unless you’re counting individual kitchen appliances and then the total is nine. (I threw in a new high-efficiency washer and dryer–candy apple red–to wash and dry my workout wear more efficiently.)

Did I mention that I’ve been good this year? :)

Thank you for indulging me in a bit of whimsy, Santa. In reality, I know that I already have everything I need to maintain my weight effectively, primarily a good mind, access to fresh, whole foods, and a body that works. Precious gifts, indeed!

But exercise shoes would really come in handy, too. :)

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


I apologize again for the absence of cookies on your plate last year! I can’t imagine what happened to them!


If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out what the other AIM bloggers have on their lists:
Lynn @ Lynn’s Weigh
Lori @ Finding Radiance
Debby @ Debby Weighs In
Shelley @ My Journey to Fit

AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to address!

18 thoughts on “AIM: Letters to Santa

    • I’m so out of the loop. I never heard of Hanukkah Harry! Does he accept letters from the Gentile persuasion? Because I’m thinking it wouldn’t hurt to hedge my bets. :)

  1. Love your letter, Cammy! Can’t wait to see what you get this year.

    As always, thanks for being so real about maintenance. You’re lively spirit keeps me motivated.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. So on the workout shirts–I guess regular shirts won’t work? I was going to suggest “Jones of New York” is my favorite brand, when I can find it at Ross. They have the elbow length sleeves, and depending on the year, they are plenty long. and they just fit right!

    Candy apple red appliances–that sounds so fun!!

    • No, regular workout shirts are either too fitted in the midsection or they have cap sleeves or they’re too short. Or sometimes all of the above. I’ll keep an eye out at Ross for the Jones line.

  3. Santa reads Pinterest, eh? Hmmm….

    If Santa brings you the ultimate workout shirt, let me know. I like t-shirts, but they stick so dang much. And way to suck up to the big guy, asking for red appliances! I hope you get them and much more :)

  4. So my solution to hating the way women’s workout shirts fit is to shop in the men’s department. Sometimes the stuff from TJ Maxx/Marshall’s is even less money in the men’s department. Especially for my winter stuff that is probably going to be under a jacket anyway. At least if I buy a men’s medium I know it will cover my belly nicely thank you. And like I said it’s under my cute jacket – which is long enough – and also makes me wonder why manufacturers can’t seem to translate that length to women’s shirts!

  5. LOL on the Easy Bake Oven/new kitchen appliances being “practically the same thing” – LOVE THAT! And you are so right on women’s workout shirts…again, another product where 90% of the styles are not cut for real bodies. So with you on that wish!

    I hope you do find those shoes under your tree this year. Your feet and legs are going to love them!

  6. You know I am with you on the workout shirt issue – hope Santa comes through!! I am on the fence about the Fitbit for the same reason – if you get one in your sticking let us know what you think!!

  7. Love your list!

    If you are using the walking shoes for long distances and Santa gives them to you. I wouldn’t go for Asics. They are specialized at running shoes. I know because my first pair of walking shoes where Reebok’s and they weren’t good for long distances. I would go for a brand that is specialized in walking shoes. But these are just my thoughts about it.

    I looked into a Fitbit too a while ago but it’s too expensive right now.

  8. I love your wish list Cammy. Asics are a favorite brand of my walking shoes. We got Fitbits last year and love them – I have even sent it through the washer twice and it still works!

    I do think you should request Lori for your kitchen redo!

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