How do I explain the weight gain over the past two weeks?
There's a road sign in Germany that always strikes me as funny when I see one -
It translates as "all directions." I understand the idea behind it, but I think if I were really lost, this doesn't seem very helpful, does it? Anyway, that's the way I've been feeling lately - pulled in all directions. I spent a week at a retreat in Switzerland, came back, repacked and then spent a week at the Bible school teaching, came home for a short weekend, went back to the Bible school for the second week of the 2-week course, and then drove home again yesterday.
The week in Switzerland was a retreat that, if nothing else, showed me I need more "retreating" or "Sabbathing," if you will, in my life. The two weeks in the Bible school offered some time for that, but I also had to spend a lot of time preparing for my lessons.
Let me say now that the class went GREAT and the students in our new 1st level are a super bunch of kids, motivated, hardworking and fun. They weren't the source of my stress - it's the pressures I put on myself.
I had my meals in the school cafeteria. The food is not bad but often not what I would choose. And cafeteria/buffet style - y'all know the dangers there! I also, for some reason, craved chocolate and gave into that craving too often. I enjoyed some nice walks - could have had more of that.
During the two weeks I also got an invitation to teach in Togo in the spring, and had some communication with the Bible school director in Kenya about my going back to teach there again, probably next summer. There are questions about selling some oil leases in Oklahoma that were part of my inheritance from my grandmother. They aren't very valuable, but entail a lot of paperwork. I communicated with a man in Florida and sold him a piece of my dad's artwork. I travel to FL in February and one of my projects there will be to move all the artwork and my other stuff to a new storage facility. Here at home, my washing machine broke down and I'm waiting on delivery of a new one. I have an apartment renovation project going on that I hope to have finished by Christmas. I need to take care of some regular health maintenance stuff - colonoscopy, skin doctor, dentist. So, you see what I mean about "all directions"?
In the midst of all that, I'm feeling like my weight loss plans are a crime scene!
That said, I feel GREAT today - I love teaching and the two week intensive was very gratifying! I'm not going to let anyone rob me of that blessing. I've tracked my breakfast and am recommitting to tracking (for the billionth time, but mercies are new every morning, right?!) The weather is great and a walk is on the agenda. I also have some grading to do today and then need to start planning for the next two-week course I teach a month from now.
(This is the warning in German that your GPS gives you when one of these speed control devices is on the road ahead. If you are speeding as you approach one of these little boxes, it takes your picture and sends the info to the police. A few weeks later, you get a lovely bill in the mail notifying you of your fine.)
I'll also include some strategies for better eating and exercising choices in all those plans. I know better what dangers lie ahead and will heed the warnings. "Blitzer voraus!"
Have a good week, all!