Saturday I took my older two granddaughters to an outlet mall which is about a two hour drive from our town. My daughter decided to join us. We had lots of fun going from store to store, For lunch we went to a nearby place which is known for their large portions of food..... as in a one pound of bacon BLT or a one pound hamburger... you get the idea - food overkill.
I got there and all that bacon looked soooooo good. They also serve breakfast. I thought about an omelet - but there was no veggie omelet, only bacon, or ham or other meats, potato, oh and on with onion and green pepper in addition to that meat and potato! Oh, but then I saw the hot turkey sandwich. It was cold outside. Visions of mashed potatoes and gravy danced through my head. Comfort food sounded so good. I thought about my goals and knew this would not move me in the right direction. I tried to justify it by all the walking I did - but when I looked at my fitbit it read 6,000 steps. Not enough!
I played all the games in my head. Then something yelled STOP! If you want it, order it. The world will not end if you order the hot turkey sandwich. I felt a pinch of guilt, but I ordered the hot turkey sandwich. When the hot turkey sandwich made it to our table, it was so thick with hand pulled turkey it stood a few inches tall! Next to it were mashed potatoes - so many of them they covered half the plate, smother that whole thing in gravy and add some stuffing! Holy crap! That was dinner for about 5 nights!
My daughter and I laughed when the waitress set the plate down in front of me. She even took a photo of me laughing at the size of the mound of food on that plate.
I took a couple forkfuls of food. Yep, just like I remembered a hot turkey sandwich. After a few bites, I found myself pulling mostly the turkey from under the gravy and bread. I ate for what seemed forever. I was stuffed. I barely made a dent in my plate! The waitress asked if I wanted a box and I kindly said no. She asked if I was sure. I smiled and said yes. She asked if I didn't like it - I said no it was wonderful. She tried really hard to get me to take it home and seemed confused when I didn't.
WHAT? I said NO? Well, you see those first few bites were just what I needed. The rest was overkill. Overkill as in it was more than my body needed and would over burden me, making my journey in life more difficult. I don't like over burdened. I don't like how it feels. I don't want to purposely take on more of anything than I can handle!
The visual I got was of my friend's parents station wagon when they would go on vacation.... it was packed with 5 kids. The roof was packed with their luggage, every spare inch inside the car was packed with something. Behind the car they were towing their boat. The rear bumper of the car would be low to the ground and the car would struggle to make it up those hills. Overloaded. The engine would work so hard!
Now when that car wasn't overloaded, it would hold all the kids and a couple more and breeze along no problem.
Dang! I said NO!!!! I don't want to go through life overloaded. I didn't even feel guilty when the waitress tried to get me to box it up to go. Now I don't like throwing away food - but - I value myself too much to go through life straining to make it up those hills. Did you hear that? I value myself!
Some things stay the same (temptations) some things change (the way I handle them and deal with them afterwards). Gotta love this journey we call life!
Here are a few shots from days 109 and 110 on the PCT. The trail is getting rugged and challenging. The views are breathtaking! I don't know if I have what it takes to hike this section of the trail. Thankful for those who did and shared their journey with virtual hikers like me!
Up ahead lies Forester Pass
Talk about feeling small and insignificant in this world! Such a vast place!
Closing in on Forester Pass
Still climbing Forester Pass
Day 110, snow chute at Forester Pass
Finally! Forester Pass - the highest point! Made it!
What goes up, must come down! Yikes!
Feel like just a mere spec in this universe!
And NOW the strap breaks on my backpack. As if there aren't enough challenges!
I must admit it is beautiful up here, even the frozen lakes are beautiful.
Feeling triumphant! I made it through Forester Pass!
The view from my stopping point for the day.
Hope you have an awesome day!