Monday, April 15, 2013
I woke up this morning to the most beautiful, pink & melon colored sky with the sun rising outside my window. Mother Nature's art is just amazing. It set the pace for my day, and now that the sun is completely gone and the skies are gray ---- I can pull that sunrise from my memory.
So this should be blog 17. It isn't. I think it is 13? I didn't bring my laptop with me this weekend when I went on a short getaway, so no logging into sparkpeople, no tracking my food, no tracking my exercise, no tracking my water, no blogging, no message boards, no reading other blogs..... but in the short time I did do those things, I was able to keep myself somewhat motivated from the things I read and the knowledge I gained along the way. Oh my gosh, and there was snow and cold weather up there in Duluth!!! Brrrrr!
I was aware of the choices I was making!!! That is growth! Drank lots of water, made halfway decent choices eating out, stuck with proteins for breakfast, ate my healthy snacks I brought with and dinner well, that was my downfall. The first night there we ended up eating at this little bar/grill in the hotel. I opted for a burger and shed the bun... not too bad? The next night it was thin crust pizza delivered to the hotel somewhat late at night, but we had been busy walking and doing things during the day & lost track of time. I stuck with a couple pieces..... knowing it wasn't the best choice, but enjoyed my time with my friends, I was not going to let guilt and shame destroy the moment. On the way home, I hit the true road bump. We ate breakfast, I was on track, drinking my water in the car, when we drove through some weather for hours and were losing time on the road due to reduced speeds. We decided to drive through until mid afternoon, then we stopped for lunch/dinner. Olive Garden it was.....
I had soup and a breadstick, and then half another breadstick, and then some pasta. I ate half my dinner, and truly felt like a stuffed little piggy. I did pass on the little desert things that my friends had. I even gave away my little chocolate mint. I know, shoulda ate the salad with no dressing. You see, I am not a salad eater. Salad makes me sick, literally! It comes up on me for hours. Not sure what that is about - what can possibly be in lettuce? I was not about to feel crappy in the car for the remaining drive home. I suppose I could have made some better choices with fewer carbs, but I didn't. There was NO exercise, and we didn't get home until midnight. Long day in the car. Poor food choices, lots of carbs...
Reflecting back, it was a wonderful weekend with good friends. Just what I needed to recharge myself. Even though I made some poor food choices, I feel great. I am still committed to this path. I made good choices most of the time! That is an accomplishment!!! I didn't eat the cookies and salty snack that were in the car! I woke up to the beautiful sunrise and felt that this is a new week and off to an awesome start.
Oh ya, and then my inquiring, obsessive mind had to know, and I stepped on the scale closing my eyes. I took a deep breath and looked down at the number and it was only .2 higher from where it was when I left!!! Maybe some of it will catch up with me tomorrow morning, but for now, I am greatful.
Can't wait to get home, eat my healthy dinner & get my walk in on the treadmill!
Life happens, we make the best choices we can. The weekend gave me just what I needed to renew my commitment to this journey. Greatful for the breathtaking sunrise, the inspiration and motivation captured over the weekend and a safe arrival home. Oh, and the wonderful piece of original art I found by a local artist that is just so peaceful and tranquil - it is going to hang in my office and bring memories of the weekend and good times that were shared. Life is good!!!!! The journey continues!