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Reset Day 78: Still learning and a slice of vacation

Monday, August 17, 2015

Yesterday we celebrated my son's birthday with the family. There were bbq ribs on the grill, fresh corn on the cob, side dishes and of course cake and ice cream. As I ate, I thought to myself: the celebrating never ends. Life IS a celebration!

The light bulb went on again. There seems to be a constant parade of excuses (mainly my travels and food centered events) that I take full advantage of and allow to keep me from moving towards my goals. After, I get angry with myself and feel like a failure - yet I continue the constant cycle.

So in the last 30 days it was a 5 day vacation with a friend, a 12 day vacation with family and my son's birthday party. In the next couple weeks it will be a weekend in Detroit with friends and my birthday party - oh and then the holiday weekend.

Is it any wonder I am not making progress towards my goals? I really NEED to learn how to effectively make better choices in these situations instead of using them as an excuse to eat things that take me from my goal.

I love to travel. I love to go places with friends and family. While it is great for my soul.... it is killing me. My poor food choices are killing me. Reality is I CAN do those things in a healthy way. I just don't.

Reality, my life is a series of vacations and food centered events. I can make better choices instead of excuses. Dang I hate it when those lightbulbs come on and you can see those things you choose to ignore. Now is when the real work begins. Change! Life is a celebration. Celebration does not have to be centered around food. I need to get creative!

Phew - all that said - here are a few photos from the family vacation up north.

climbing the lighthouse

hikes in the woods

scampering in the river

hiking the waterfalls

rowing in the clouds

Lily's first fishing attempt

A Kodak moment of the girls in disbelief...

family vacation photo on the shores of Lake Superior

Northern shores

A dream awakens......

I would be remiss if I didn't include this parting shot.....

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    I love your vacation photos.
    2122 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    great vacation photos............
    2128 days ago
  • LSIG14
    Love the vacation photos - it looks like a lot of fun (and exercise thrown in too!) I do agree that most special occasions center around food and that is the hardest thing for me to resist - but it's pretty obvious that indulging myself at every outing is not helping my health. Surely we can celebrate without straying so far from center!
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    2128 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14034154
    Thank you so much for sharing your pictures of your vacation with me. They helped me to actually be on that vacation with you. Again, Thanks!

    Did you know that each day you open your eyes it's a day that was never promised to you by God? Each day that He allows you to see, is actually a gift and you have a choice as to how you'll treat His gift, His Temple. When I realize I'm polluting what God has loaned me on this earth, it reels me in quick quickly, and I then adhere to His Word and His Voice. It helps me tremendously! ENJOY your journey!


    - Nancy Jean-
    2128 days ago
    2128 days ago
  • SAM_I_AM_2K
    Wow. You are SO right. I don't think I've ever really thought about it, but you hit the nail square on the head. emoticon
    You are amazing and I am confident that you CAN find a way to still love your travels and family and food... in a healthier way. You are already moving that direction... emoticon emoticon
    2128 days ago
    (another long response, sorry, but you're hitting on all the things I've been going through these past few months and your blogs are really resonating with me)

    I think you're doing a great job of getting a lot of movement into your vacations, so give yourself a pat on the back for that. And your realization that this IS life and you like it that way (w/trips & celebrations) is like what I've been realizing this year. So now we try and figure out a good balance: enjoy life's moments without having them be all about loading on the food.

    I took an anthropology class about 15 years ago that got into the Potlach, which is a huge feast thrown by a village leader to share with the villagers. So our celebration feasts go way back. I think about those times & how feasts may have been what the villager needed to survive. Mainly the food, but also the comfort of the other villagers being gathered. Fast forward to today & what do we need most from our gatherings? I need a break from daily living stresses, I need to be around the people I've chosen to vacation with, and adventure. I don't *need* the extra food, I am well fed at home.

    So, we think about why we love our gatherings, and embrace that, put it higher up the list than the eating part. Because we just don't need it, right? Whichever thing you love about the travel (adventure, companions, etc.) bring it to the forefront of your mind more often than food. And we still have a few food indulgences on vacation, but make 'em special, make it the only food indulgence that day so we can savor it and feel excited about it and really enjoy it. And then go back to focusing on the real reason you're there, to relax and enjoy the company. It's not about deprivation, it's about indulging in the things you love most, and your "hunger" for indulgences can be satisfied that way. That's my plan for my upcoming trip, anyway.
    emoticon on all that vacation activity!
    2128 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Looks like a great family vacation and a great light bulb moment! You really can enjoy this stuff and not overdo it. Trust me Barb!
    2128 days ago
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